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Thoughts on trading forward Rudy Gay or using the NBA's amnesty provision to eliminate Zach Randolph's contract were prevalent. Management, however, never entertained the idea of a self-imposed implosion. "You have to be careful about giving up on talent if you don't reach a goal," general manager Chris Wallace said. "You have to be careful with voluntary rebuilding. You can wander in the desert for a long time when you voluntary rebuild." Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Black coaches would complain in the past that they never got a chance at high-profile good jobs, having to settle for first chances (sometimes, only chances) with bad teams. And after a bad year or two, they said, they'd get fired, and wouldn't get another shot. But that's changed in recent years. Hollins got a second shot in Memphis in 2009, after coaching the expansion Grizzlies in Vancouver, with a team of young, talented players. Drew took over in Atlanta for another African-American coach, Woodson, and inherited a playoff team. And Brown replaced Phil Jackson in Los Angeles last year. "From my standpoint, it's never been an issue," said Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace, who hired Hollins. "And what are the player ranks, 80? It's obviously natural then that you would have African-American coaches as well. We have a pretty healthy representation of former players that are head coaches at any given time." NBA.com

October 7, 2012 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies waived forward/center Jarrid Famous and guard/forward D.J. Kennedy, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced. NBA.com

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The Memphis Grizzlies re-signed forwards Marreese Speights and Darrell Arthur to multi-year contracts, Grizzlies General Manger and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. NBA.com

June 26, 2012 Updates

"He and (North Carolina's) Kendall Marshall are probably the two best passers in the draft," Griz general manager Chris Wallace said. "Tony was a little turnover prone as a freshman and doesn't shoot the ball real well but he's got terrific size for a point guard and he's got some talent." Memphis Commercial Appeal

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But the summer will be more than just about plugging holes for the Grizzlies. They'll have difficult decisions to make with six players entering free agency while trying to manage a payroll that will have little room under the luxury-tax threshold next season. "We've been thinking about that all along," general manage Chris Wallace said. "But we don't have to make any final decisions until the beginning of July when free agency starts. So we'll let the dust settle from this season and move forward deliberately on those final decisions." Memphis Commercial Appeal

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The Grizzlies have raised their game. Now Memphis fans have to raise their game. That was the gist of a four-hour meeting Saturday of team owner Michael Heisley, his top executives, and several Memphis business and community leaders. The meeting was prompted by, among other things, recent reports that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is interested in buying the team and possibly moving it to California. The newly created advisory board or local board of directors — the title is not yet clear — met in an office at FedEx Forum. This account is based on interviews with participants Kevin Kane and Henry Turley. Others at the meeting were Stan Meadows, Chris Wallace, and Greg Campbell representing Heisley and the Grizzlies, and Memphians Pitt Hyde (a minority owner) Bryan Jordan, Lawrence Plummer, Billy Orgel, Otis Sanford, Bob Henning, and Joe Hall, the head of a public relations firm in Nashville that worked with NBA NOW 12 years ago. Absent were Staley Cates, Willie Gregory, and Beverly Robertson. Memphis Flyer

March 23, 2012 Updates

Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace admitted he got the idea to sign free agent Gilbert Arenas after reading a blog post on a Grizzlies fan site. “[The idea] came up a couple weeks ago and we gradually worked towards it,” Wallace said on The Chris Vernon Show. Host Chris Vernon pressed Wallace about the issue, and the GM caved. “I’m going to admit this, I’m going to come clean. I’ll be honest about it, okay? … I’m in the office of [President of Business Operations] Greg Campbell, he says, ‘You outta read this thing that’s on a blog today.’ And I don’t read the blogs, but this guy wrote this case for Gilbert Arenas, and I read the thing and said ‘Greg, you know something? This guy makes some sense.’ “I thought about it and said, you know, we gotta look into it a little further. “So I called his agent up. I’m willing to admit it — I pride myself on being open-minded — and you look at the finances involved, and the group of players involved, and why not?” Larry Brown Sports

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