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Getty Nets center Jarrett Allen at Barclays Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Jarrett Allen was a major piece involved in the blockbuster trade that brought James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets. The change of scenery hasn’t stopped Allen from performing at a high level.

Jarrett Allen Joins Elite Company

During Sunday’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Allen scored 26 points on a perfect 11/11 from the field, along with 17 rebounds and 3 blocks.

He joins an exclusive club with the likes of Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone, and Bernard King as players to shoot 100% from the field while scoring more than 25 points.

Cleveland Wants Allen as Their Franchise Center

Many feel that with a league dominated by point guards and stretch fours, players like 2-time all-star Andre Drummond have somewhat fallen into the shadows. But recently, a young Cleveland Cavaliers team has found solace in their center, showing that the traditional five is still useful in today’s game.

Unfortunately, Drummond isn’t their guy. Allen has been putting on a terrific display ever since the trade. He is averaging a career-high 14.3 points per game so far and 1.7 blocks per game. “The ‘Fro” has almost instantly become the Cavs’ franchise center. According to ESPN, the organization feels that it would be unfair to limit Andre Drummond and would rather sit him.

“Sometimes you’re forced into difficult positions that’s not easy to navigate, but in respect to Dre and all that he’s done and accomplished and as much as he’s helped us, we thought this was the fairest thing to do for him,” head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said to ESPN before the Cavs match up with the Golden State Warriors earlier this month.
As for whether the 2016 All-NBA center will be traded or not, the team has not been able to comment on it.

Allen Understands Why Nets Traded Him

Allen’s rise to superstardom began at the beginning of the season with the Brooklyn Nets. Many around the league were not particularly pleased with the Nets’ decision to trade the young big man and many other young talents like Indiana’s Caris LeVert. While being traded by the team that drafted him was a tough pill to swallow Allen completely understands the decision.

“I would do it, I’m not going to lie”, Allen told Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. “If you look at the Lakers, they did the same thing. They went and got their ring. I would’ve loved to stay in Brooklyn, but I understand that an opportunity like that, you have to do it.”

The week that the trade went down, Allen would get his chance to show his vitality to a Brooklyn team vying for a championship, as the Nets played the Cavs twice. In an ironic turn of events, Allen and his new team would go on to beat the offensive prowess of Durant, Irving, and Harden in both games. Between the two games, he averaged 15.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Allen Is Already Being Acknowledged By The Greats

Before the outrage over the trade, a lot of people were distraught over the fact that Allen wasn’t starting in Brooklyn over veteran big man DeAndre Jordan. One of those people was former NBA great Derrick Coleman.

“I don’t know why he’s not starting. And again, I think everybody’s trying to play small ball,” Coleman said via NetsDaily. “Everybody can’t do that. Golden State showed they were really capable of doing that because they had shooters. They had guys that could pick and pop and shoot the ball. I think you need a big guy in there just to be that presence on the defensive end of the floor and to be able to communicate.”

Moving on from a franchise talent like Allen had to be a tough decision for Brooklyn. However, sitting just a half-game back from the top spot in the Eastern Conference, it’s highly unlikely that they are having buyer’s remorse.

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WA man who allegedly travelled 800 miles with stolen gun to Bay Area to handle stockbroker, claimed to be Italian monarch, gets six years

OAKLAND — A Washington resident who was convicted of illegal gun possession after a four-hour trial last year has been sentenced to six years in prison.

James Allen II, 35, apologized in court before U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Wednesday morning, admitting he was going “nowhere good” last July when authorities found him, asleep in his car, with a stolen assault rifle and two magazines taped together for easy reloading. He allegedly told police he was owed $1 billion in Bitcoin and was traveling to San Francisco to “handle” a “thief stockbroker” there.

In court Wednesday morning, Allen’s behavior was a far cry from the animated courtroom persona he displayed in hearings last year — for instance, boasting, “I’m something like a public figure around this motherf—–” in front of a federal judge and claiming to be James II, the last monarch of Italy — a fact Allen attributed to his recent rehabilitation from drug use. In a letter to the court, he said his conviction was just “part of my path to a greater success.”

In court Wednesday, Allen said he feels remorseful and explained that a drug relapse prior to his July arrest in Pinole had caused his life to “spiral” out of control.

“I made an error in judgement and I obviously should pay for the consequences of that,” Allen said. He later added, though, “I honestly don’t believe that a heavy sentence at this point would have the deterrent effect you may assume it will.”

Allen’s attorney argued for a two-year prison sentence, and said Allen’s lengthy criminal history — which includes 24 criminal convictions, 21 of which were for misdemeanors — was the result of the Washington state justice system simply bouncing Allen in and out of jail rather than pursuing rehabilitation. When Allen served a federal prison sentence a decade ago, he was law-abiding for a period after his release, his attorney argued.

Before pronouncing sentence, Gilliam said he sympathized with what he described as Allen’s horrific childhood, which included being subjected to abuse. But he also called the crime, “one of the most disturbing scenarios in a felon in possession case I’ve seen” in six years as a federal judge.

“Mr. Allen poses a very serious threat to public safety…it’s hard for me to have confidence that any other conclusion can be reached,” Gilliam said.

Allen was arrested in Pinole last July, where officers found him asleep in his car. After they discovered a stolen AR-15 with bizarre writing on it inside the vehicle, they arrested Allen, who later allegedly remarked if he’d been awake when they showed up he would have been willing to “shoot it out” with them and make their day “more interesting.”

During the duration of the case, Allen maintained he didn’t know he wasn’t allowed to have a gun. During trial, Allen’s attorney cast doubt on whether he’d ever talked about getting into a shootout with authorities, pointing out police never produced a recording of the alleged remark.

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