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Jarrett Allen deal is questioned by teams after Kenny Atkinson is signed by the Cavs

Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen has been the subject of transfer rumors, but some teams believe the arrival of new Cavs head coach Kenny Atkinson, who coached Allen when the two played together on the Brooklyn Nets, reduces the chance of a move.

“The arrival of Kenny Atkinson as Cleveland's new coach has convinced several teams that it is now even more difficult to trade Jarrett Allen away from the Cavaliers than it was before,” said longtime NBA insider Marc Stein. “And it was difficult before.”

Atkinson coached the Nets for four seasons (2016-2020). Allen came aboard before Atkinson's second year (2017-18) after the Nets selected him 22nd overall in the 2017 draft.

Allen, who played seven NBA seasons, averaged 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 blocks per game last year. Thanks in part to his efforts, the Cleveland Cavaliers reached the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993 without LeBron James.

Still, there were rumors about a move to Allen, although nothing too serious came of it.

“I think they would have to be completely ecstatic for both reasons to consider it (trading Garland and Allen),” cleveland.com's Chris Fedor said on the HoopsHype podcast on June 12.

“They've had offers specifically for Allen in the past. Teams have been looking for Allen over the last few years.”

ESPN's Brian Windhorst recently confirmed other teams' interest in Allen, but added that a move seems unlikely with Atkinson in town.

So all signs point to Allen, who has a five-year, $100 million contract through 2025-26, staying in town. That effectively means the Cavs will keep their core players from last year, most of whom got back when five-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell agreed to a three-year, $150.3 million extension.