HoopsHype Chris Wallace rumors

November 30, 2014 Updates

When Robert Pera became owner there in 2012, Jason Levien arrived as CEO and Stu Lash as assistant general manager. Wallace was nearly on paid leave. “I knew from being in this business a long time — I’ve been through four ownership changes — that change is inevitable when there’s an ownership change,” Wallace said over lunch recently. “It doesn’t mean there’ll be a new head coach or a new general manager, but there are going to be new people involved and the whole landscape can change. That’s what happened here. “I basically stepped aside. No one told me to step back. My role was reduced, but I intentionally stepped back from the players and the coaches. I did not want to be seen as someone that was a meddler last year. I went to games, but I did not interact with the players or coaches during that time. I stayed involved in the game. I was watching the college game closely and the NBA game and attending games at both levels, because I planned on getting back. I didn’t know it was going to be here. “There’d be a call here and there, but I didn’t have day to day duties. I had multiple years left on my contract, but I was in the background. I stepped back.” Boston Herald

November 24, 2014 Updates

Marc gasol is a free agent this summer and pretty much every team who has enough cap room will be after him. Larry H. Russell broke some news that Rajon Rondo went to upper management that he wants them to get Marc. Wallace put a definitive answer out there “We have every intention of re-signing Marc Gasol. So those teams are going to have to find another player.” CLNS Radio

Building a team the way they have the Grizzlies have been one of the most competitive teams in the league the last few years. “Other than the Spurs series two years ago where we were unfortunately swept the other times when we’ve been knocked out of the playoffs it was in the seventh game ... Despite the fact that you may not see us frequently on National television, we like to think we have a pretty good team here and a team that will be a challenger in the Western Conference.” CLNS Radio

November 17, 2014 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace told Yahoo Sports he expects the NBA will validate his franchise's protested victory over the Sacramento Kings, "regardless of the media campaign being waged." In the aftermath of the Grizzlies' 111-110 victory on Thursday night, Sacramento filed a protest with the league office insisting Courtney Lee's buzzer-beating shot should've been disallowed. The Kings maintain an inbounds pass to Lee had been tipped and the game clock should've run out before Lee could've caught and scored the basket. Yahoo! Sports

October 7, 2014 Updates

"It created the most amount of problems for them," Cuban said. "The trade kicker not only made [the contract] more expensive, but the opt out [after Year 2] could create a Kevin Love-type situation for any teams interested in trading for him, where you don't know if he's gonna opt in or opt out." The impact this three-year pact and its various complications had on Parsons' fate has some league observers wondering now if shorter contract offers from big-market teams to future restricted free agents, such as the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard and Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio if they make it to the open market next July, will become more commonplace. "The contract structure was extremely creative," Cavs general manager David Griffin said. "I think it will be a significant moment in the way restricted free agency discussions are handled in the future." Said Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace: "The concept of a short-term offer sheet is intriguing and could be the wave of the future. With the reduction in the decision time to match reduced to three days, the team who writes an offer sheet is only out of action for a short period of time. [So] there is no downside. If the sheet is not matched, you have your player, and if it is matched, then the player will be back on the market soon, which increases the pool of players in free agency two or three years down the road." ESPN.com

October 1, 2014 Updates

General manager Chris Wallace says Beasley is one of six guys in training camp with a chance to show the Grizzlies what they've got and they'll see where this goes. Wallace says there's no depth chart for the regular season with Beasley's name on it or an estimate of minutes. "It's up to him to show us, make the case for himself then we'll see where this goes," Wallace said. "We're just at the beginning of it with training camp started, and obviously he's someone that's very talented ... His career hasn't gone the way he would've liked but this is the perfect place for him to rebound." Associated Press

August 24, 2014 Updates

"He's a great basketball mind," Griz general manager Chris Wallace said. Bzdelik made the case that being away from the NBA for so long shouldn't be viewed negatively because of the extent of his resume. "Players are so young now in the league that I've got a sense of how to connect with them by being in college and I have an understanding of that generation," Bzdelik said. "I've been around a lot of veteran (NBA) players, too. My first year in the NBA with Washington we had Moses Malone and Bernard King. I can draw from both experiences as far as veteran players and younger players. I really missed the NBA. I love the NBA. I always stayed connected with it. It's great to be back in it. Memphis Commercial Appeal

July 29, 2014 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies Controlling Owner Robert Pera announced on July 29 that Chris Wallace has been named General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the organization. Wallace had acted as interim general manager since May 19, 2014. “We are very pleased to announce Chris Wallace as our general manager,” Pera said. “Chris has been at the forefront and a stable presence throughout some of the Grizzlies’ greatest successes. His strong bonds and experience, not only within the organization and NBA but also within the Memphis and Mid-South communities, make him the ideal fit to lead our basketball operations. We believe Chris’ skills and expertise to be vital in our continued success of our franchise.” NBA.com

The Memphis Grizzlies have reached agreement with well-respected executive Ed Stefanski to become executive vice president of player personnel, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Stefanski will assume a key role in the Grizzlies' player personnel and scouting areas, serving under general manager Chris Wallace, sources said. Stefanski brings a strong player personnel background, as well as excellent relationships with front-office peers and agents. Yahoo! Sports

July 12, 2014 Updates
June 30, 2014 Updates

Memphis’ plan is for someone like former Knicks prez Glen Grunwald to come in and serve under VP Chris Wallace for two years before taking over the reins. Huh? Grunwald, who talked to the Grizzlies, doesn’t need to apprentice for anyone, but the Grizzlies are, of course, one of the greatest-run franchises in the history of professional sports. Or so it’s been unequivocally stated, even if they’ve yet to make an NBA Finals. New York Daily News

June 24, 2014 Updates
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The Celtics were burned 17 years ago when the banked on Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer to help their rebuilding project. Billups lasted just 51 games and Mercer two seasons in Boston. A year later, Paul Pierce fell to the Celtics with the 10th pick after being projected as a top-three selection, and he went on to become the franchise’s No. 2 all-time scorer. “In essence, we were very lucky because we got Paul Pierce,” said former Celtics general manager Chris Wallace. “It’s better to be lucky than good. I’ve been doing this a long time, seven teams and 17 years, it’s an inexact science. What would have happened if we couldn’t get to Paul [in the draft] and we had to deal with the rest of the players? There would have been no championship in 2008.” Boston Globe

June 20, 2014 Updates

“It’s going forward,” Wallace said. “We’re very excited about what Zach’s done in the past and hope to have him here in the future. This has really been a terrific boon for both sides. He’s obviously meant a great deal to us on and off the court. And Memphis has worked for him. This has been, by far, the best stop for him since he’s been in the NBA. So we’re working towards that goal.” Randolph’s agent, Raymond Brothers, shared that optimism in a text to The Commercial Appeal. Brothers and Wallace hammered out a four-year contract extension for Randolph during the 2011 NBA playoffs. Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 18, 2014 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies are poised to remove the "interim" tag from general manager Chris Wallace while conducting a search to hire a "GM-in-waiting" who will train under Wallace, multiple sources told ESPN.com. Wallace, who has been with the Grizzlies since 2007, returned to his role as head of the Grizzlies' basketball operations last month when CEO Jason Levien surprisingly parted ways with the team. The team hasn't formalized his role with a new contract as yet but has begun the process of interviewing candidates to become his right-hand assistant. ESPN.com

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