HoopsHype Chris Wallace rumors

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

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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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May 29, 2014 Updates

Then, Tuesday night, I did it again. All those people had traipsed off to Central BBQ to hear me speak. And somehow, in the whirl of the day, I had completely forgotten the whole thing. It’s a speaker’s worst nightmare. I had trouble falling asleep Tuesday night. But Wednesday morning, I got a note from a Facebook friend who told me someone had stepped out of the crowd at Central BBQ to take my place. Who? Chris Wallace. Yes, that Chris Wallace, the man who is even now trying to salvage the offseason for the Grizzlies. He came bounding off the bench to save Robert Pera and now he had come bounding off the bench to save me. The man isn’t just a general manager. He’s a super hero. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Let’s be honest, it’s astonishing that Wallace was even at the Touchdown Club meeting Tuesday. How in the world does he have time for that? But one of the admirable things about Wallace is the way he has become a part of the community, not just symbolically, not just by joining boards, but by actually joining in. So it’s not really an accident that Wallace was at the meeting. It’s a reflection of who he is. “I rarely miss a Touchdown Club meeting,” he told me Wednesday, when I called to thank him. “It’s not just the speakers, though I love the speakers. It’s seeing the same group of guys.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

Naturally, Wallace agreed to tell some stories. The same way he agreed to fill in for former Griz CEO Jason Levien last week. Indeed, for all the criticism that Robert Pera has taken over what has unfolded around the Grizzlies of late, one of the happy developments is that Wallace is back in the organization, and apparently will be going forward. Memphis Commercial Appeal

It was a mistake for Levien to exile him in the first place, honestly. Wallace is as loyal as they come. But when Levien did exile him, Wallace didn’t blast the organization and tell all sorts of tales about Levien’s incompetence. Note the difference between that and the fallout from Levien’s eventual exit. No question, Wallace was in a different situation because he was still technically under contract to the Grizzlies. But if you have been reading the reports on the Memphis NBA franchise this past week, you know that it’s not hard to trash a guy anonymously. Memphis Commercial Appeal

May 27, 2014 Updates

Griz general manager Chris Wallace, who is running the franchise on an interim basis, is a candidate for the job and considered a valued member of the organization. Wallace has been busy preparing Memphis for the June 26 NBA draft. The Griz have the 22nd overall pick in the first round, and have their first pre-draft workout planned for Friday in FedExForum. “Whether we decide on Chris or not for GM, I want him in the organization in some capacity,” Pera said Sunday during a Twitter chat with fans in which he announced that Joerger would remain the coach. Memphis Commercial Appeal

May 26, 2014 Updates

Wallace, a popular figure in the Memphis community and responsible for resurrecting the franchise as GM, had been exiled out of basketball operations by Levien. Wallace has strong contacts and relationships around the NBA, and rival GMs and agents told Yahoo they're thrilled to be dealing with him again in an official capacity for Memphis. Yahoo! Sports

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