Chris Wallace Rumors
Chris Vernon: Memphis general manager Chris Wallace: “We are undefeated in re-signing our core players, and we will remain so. We are going to re-sign Mike Conley.”
Q: You’ve mined and may have come up gold with Xavier Munford just as you did with JaMychal Green. How would you evaluate those players given they’ve been put in an unexpected, expanded role? A: I’m very proud of both of those guys. They were given a golden opportunity to make the case that they’re NBA players. He’s played more games than anybody has for us this year. JaMychal has proven he’s an NBA rotation player. Xavier came from further off the beaten path than JaMychal. Xavier had never been in an NBA training camp. Xavier had never had a call-up. But he’s got good size and is very long and rangy. He’s got good potential defensively. When he’s out there, it looks like he belongs and he does well. The coaching staff and his teammates are getting more and more confidence in him. You always have to be projective with younger players. He’s a major upward curve that’s very intriguing for us in the future.
Peter Edmiston: Interesting quote from our talk w/ Griz GM Chris Wallace about philosophy on who to call up from the D-League. CHRIS WALLACE ON PHILOSOPHY OF D-LEAGUE CALL-UPS: “Some teams say ‘Hey, we want an older guy who’s going to make a minimum amount of mistakes, learn the system right away. We’re not worried about any upside from a young guy who might become a rotation player down the road’. We’ve taken a little different track. We’ve wanted younger guys to take a look at, and that’s sort of been my history in call-ups. I’ve been involved in more call-ups than I can remember from my days in Miami, Boston, and now here, and the best ones – like when we brought Bruce Bowen into Miami, Adrian Griffin and Mark Blount into Boston – those were young guys wto have not had a tremendous amount of opportunities. They had not had the opportunities to be rejected and fail like some of the older guys, and we got lucky and hit some of those players and they never went back down.”