Restricted free agent Jarrett Allen has agreed to a five-year, $ 100 million deal to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers, agents Derrick Powell and Jim Tanner told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
When the Houston Rockets decided they didn’t want Allen as part of a mega trade that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, the Cavaliers settled on to strike a deal by sending a future first-round pick from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Rockets to get to the young center.
Allen, 23, who in addition to attacking the rim can protect in the paint, averaged 13.2 points and 9.9 rebounds in 51 games with Cleveland after the trade.
He became the unquestioned starting center for the Cavaliers and is seen as part of what the team hopes will be the nucleus of its next Playoff team along with previous lottery picks Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Isaac Okoro, not to mention Evan Mobley, whom Cleveland took the third overall pick in the June NBA draft.
Allen, entering his fifth season in the NBA, was selected by the Nets with the 22nd overall pick in the 2017 collegiate draft.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.