HoopsHype Chris Wallace rumors

June 3, 2013 Updates

Yet while it has been reported that West is pushing for his former Memphis colleague, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace, he said the only candidate he's endorsing is Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk. "I think with Travis, I see a lot of people get jobs, but this guy is eminently qualified," West said of Schlenk. "I don't call many times or talk to people on behalf of people – and I get a lot of calls to do it – but I have an unbelievably high regard for him and I think he would be a great choice, whether he's (Ranadive's) choice or not. USA Today Sports

May 31, 2013 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace has taken the early lead in the Sacramento Kings' search for a new head of basketball operations, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com that Wallace's interview this week with new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive went well enough that it stretched into a second day. Ranadive, who was a minority owner with the Golden State Warriors before taking the lead in the consortium that outlasted a Seattle group headlined by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer to purchase the Kings, has also already interviewed Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk for the position. ESPN.com

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May 27, 2013 Updates

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Vivek Ranadive has begun the process of finding a replacement for Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie and is considering San Antonio Spurs team president R.C. Buford, Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, and Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace. Former Indiana general manager David Morway may also receive consideration, and Ranadive's internal list is not believed to be limited to this group. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search. USA Today Sports

May 19, 2013 Updates

Everyone knows the deal: Pau Gasol to the Lakers for his chubby, unheralded younger brother Marc Gasol, bust Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton and a couple first-round draft picks. Stunning criticism crushed Wallace for getting fleeced while being backhandedly credited for handing the post-Shaquille O’Neal Lakers the keys to certain championships. “I expect the media to shoot from the hip and not study the deal. That’s to be expected,” Wallace said. “I just shook my head. I had never seen that kind of response from inside the league. I don’t deny that was the assist for two Lakers championships, but we had to shake things up. We had never won a playoff game. We had been in the 20s [wins] and there was complete apathy in our market. Calipari and the Tigers were roaring at the time. "When we went around the league, we weren’t going to get a tit-for-tat deal. We wanted to bring our salary structure down, get assets and draft picks. And no one else had a Marc Gasol.” NBA.com

Marc Gasol attended high school in Memphis as Pau was becoming the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. At 18, he returned to Spain to begin his professional career in the Spanish ACB league, largely considered the world’s second-most competitive league. In 2007-08 he was tearing it up. "He was trending up so much at the time. He was on pace to be the ACB MVP,” Wallace said. “I said it at the time, I felt like the little boy crying wolf. There was no question Pau was going to flourish next to Kobe and could win several titles, but this deal couldn’t be judged for several years.” NBA.com

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February 20, 2013 Updates

Yet while it has been reported that Gay was happy to get out of Memphis, he said both that and the idea that he definitely wouldn't re-sign with the Grizzlies wasn't true. "It was a total shock to me," he said of the trade. "I never went to any of (the new management) and told them that I wanted to be traded. I've never done that. The summer before, I did. I said this team has a chance to be a competitor in the West, and we're going to be good, but if you plan on doing anything – this is the summer before – I said I want to express to you that I may be wanting to move on. "And this was with Chris Wallace (the general manager who remains but who is no longer involved like he was under former owner Michael Heisley) … I wanted to see it through, because we started so well. We were playing so great as a team, it kind of made me feel like this is it. This could be the chance for us. There's not too many times when you can build a team like that. Obviously financial stuff goes on, but when you build a team like that you have to see it through." USA Today Sports

February 9, 2013 Updates

"He reminds me at times of a free safety in football," said Chris Wallace, the Grizzlies' general manager, "with his ability to zero in and focus on the ball. He's all about getting the ball back." Here's what else sets him apart: Allen owns an extensive video library with footage of almost every guard and small forward and watches it constantly. He calls it "going to the movies" and it's a pregame ritual. "If you check, my fingerprints might be on every player in the league," he says. SportsonEarth

January 31, 2013 Updates

But Griz general manager Chris Wallace said Thursday afternoon that with the NBA trade deadline still weeks away, the Grizzlies may not be finished wheeling and dealing, especially since the team received a trade exception of approximately $7.5 million in the deal with the Raptors and the Pistons. “It’s very possible (to make another deal) because we don’t have to include one of our players because of receiving trade assignments,” Wallace said at a press conference in the Grizzlies’ practice facility in FedExForum. “We now can be a team that can relieve a luxury-tax burden on another team. We can go someplace, see a player we like that’s out of a rotation and get him using this $7.5 million trade exception that’s good for the next 365 days. It’s a very valuable piece of real estate.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

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