ORLANDO, Fla. — With all the excitement he could gather - which never is much - Lavoy Allen talked in the hallways of the Amway Center here in Orlando a little bit ago about his new two-year contract with the Sixers, reportedly worth close to $6 million.
"I wasn't really sure how much I was going to get, I'm just grateful that they offered for me to come back and be a 76er for the next two years," said Allen. "I'm just going to continue to work hard, continue to be focused, listen to the coaches and work with them, and I'm just going to be very competitive."
Allen played in 41 games this past season, 15 of them starts, averaging 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes of play. He shot 47.3 percent from the floor and 78.6 percent from the foul line.
It was during the Sixers playoff run where he shined. While scoring 10 or more points just four times during the regular season, Allen scored more than 10 in four of the team's 13 playoff games. He was the key defensive player for the team against Kevin Garnett in the Celtics' seven-game series win. It helped land him his current contract and also gave him quite a confidence boost.
"(It taught) not being afraid, not being scared of the competition no matter who they are," he said. "I went out there and just played my game and I was very comfortable all of the sudden. Hopefully that carries over into next season. The experience you get, especially playing against the Boston Celtics - great players, great organization - that definitely bosted my confidence."
The other moves that the Sixers did not announce as official yet include using the amnesty clause on Elton Brand, the signing of Nick Young and the trade that will bring them Dorell Wright. A team spokesman said that coach Doug Collins and president Rod Thorn would talk about that either Thursday or Friday.
Allen, who flew back to Philadelphia Tuesday morning to get a physical then came back to Orlando that night, was in the starting lineup for the Sixers in their Summer League game against Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon.