Chris Wallace Rumors
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced today that Grizzlies forward Jeff Green has exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season. Green (6-9, 235) averaged 15.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31.5 minutes in 78 games (70 starts) last season with the Grizzlies and Boston Celtics. Acquired by Memphis from Boston in a three-team trade on Jan. 12, he recorded 13.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 30.3 minutes in 45 games (37 starts) with the Grizzlies. Green shot a team-high .398 from three-point range after the All-Star Break and increased his three-point percentage to .438 over the final 20 games of the regular season.
Peter Edmiston: Since Jeff Green’s deadline for him to opt-in (or not) is June 23, I asked Chris Wallace,”You’d love to have Jeff Green back, right?” Wallace’s answer:”Well, I don’t really want to talk about his situation right now. It’s his decision whether to exercise his option or not.”
Chris Wallace wonders why Elston Turner has not been hired as a head coach in the NBA. Turner, currently the lead assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies, has assembled an impressive resume that is filled with wins and playoffs appearances. Turner has interviewed for a number of vacant head coach positions during his career, but has never been hired. “He’s certainly deserves a head coaching job,” said Wallace, general manager of the Grizzlies. “He’s been successful as a player – collegiate and pro level. He’s been around.”
The Memphis Grizzlies re-assigned forward/center Jarnell Stokes to the Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced today. This marks the sixth assignment to Iowa for Stokes in his rookie season.
Whiteside then got a tryout with the Lakers, but didn’t get an invite to training camp. “They picked Wayne Ellington over me,” he says. Then came an invite to go to the Grizzlies’ camp. He played in five preseason games before getting cut — again, no surprise, given Memphis’s roster, with Marc Gasol an All-Star incumbent at center, Zach Randolph newly extended and Kosta Koufos set as the backup big man. “Chris Wallace (the Grizzlies’ GM) told me to just go down and dominate the D-League, and I thought I could, too,” Whiteside said. “They had a lot of bigs. Gasol was playing really well. Maybe they didn’t need me. I found my own path.”
“There were times we came close to trading Mike, because his development was so slow, and thank goodness we didn’t,” said Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace. “He never ever deviated from who he is. He’s someone who is very good with the fans. He’s very respectful and courteous, has a smile on his face, and if he does get down you don’t see it. There was never any petulance or moodiness when he was young and this wasn’t working.”
Quincy Pondexter: Memphis, I will always Love you!!!! Fighting back tears right now. No lie, This is tough to come to grips with… I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the entire Memphis Grizzlies organization and the fans that have supported me since day 1. These last few years have truly been a blessing that I will always cherish forever. We made a lot of history together! I gave you guys my all and will always consider Memphis home and family! I want to give a special thanks to Lionel Hollins, Chris Wallace, and especially one of the best owners in sports, Robert Pera, for giving me a chance and believing in me from the beginning. To my teammates, I will miss you, fellas! Still rooting for all of you and believe you guys truly are a championship caliber team. From everyone in the arena, to the community, and the kids and staff at St Jude, I love and will miss you all … And finally to New Orleans. I’M BACKKKK!!! We have work to do! This team can be special.. These tears just turned into tears of Joy. #Proverbs3:5-7 #NOLA #Pelicans #TAKEFLIGHT http://instagram.com/p/xxjdaYmlyG/
Nice lack of work if you can get it. But that changed last spring when Levien and Lash were shown the door. “I was fortunate enough to be brought back out of the bullpen last May, and now I’m back on a full-time basis,” Wallace said. “That happened in July. I’m very appreciative to Robert Pera to have that opportunity.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.”
“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 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.”
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.
The way Memphis executives have been talking up former Knicks president and Glen Grunwald, it sure seems like he’ll soon be hired as Grizzlies GM and succeed interim executive Chris Wallace. But you never know about the Grizzlies, with neophytes running interference for the enigmatic owner Robert Pera.
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.
The Memphis Grizzlies’ search for a general manager-in-waiting to work with recently reappointed GM Chris Wallace has focused so far on Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks, Pacers vice president Peter Dinwiddie, Knicks director of pro personnel Mark Hughes and former Raptors and Knicks GM Glen Grunwald, league sources told CBSSports.com.
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.”
“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.
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.
Ian O’Connor: Pre-parade note on how the #Celtics & the greatest executive of all handed Tony Parker to San Antonio in the 2001 draft… Chris Wallace wanted Tony Parker at 21 in 01 draft; Red Auerbach banged his cane on floor & said,”I want (Joe) Forte.” #Spurs