Parsons said the day after the season ended that he “doesn’t really speak” to the Grizzlies’ front office. But with Chris Wallace demoted from general manager to a scouting role and Zach Kleiman leading basketball operations, perhaps the sides can work together to find a mutually agreeable way to end Parsons’ rocky time in Memphis.
Going forward, Jason Wexler will serve as President of the franchise with oversight of both business and basketball operations. Chris Wallace’s day-to-day operational responsibilities have been reallocated and he will focus exclusively on player scouting. Zachary Z. Kleiman has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, and Special Advisor Tayshaun Prince, Vice President of Team Operations and Player Programs Chantal Hassard and Director of Player Personnel Chris Makris will continue in their roles. John Hollinger will continue in a key role with the organization in a senior advisory capacity.
Jeremy Woo: Chris Wallace literally told the media this morning that J.B. Bickerstaff was safe. Now the Grizzlies are completely restructuring everything in their front office. Dysfunction has a distinct scent, I think.
Mark Giannotto: Chris Wallace, about 5 hours ago, when asked about his status as Grizzlies GM and his relationship with Robert Pera: “I’m very comfortable here and comfortable working with him and really not worried about my situation at all.”
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April 11, 2019 | 4:16 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Grizzlies dismissed coach J.B. Bickerstaff and reassigned GM Chris Wallace to a scouting capacity in the front office, league sources tell ESPN. VP John Hollinger will also move into a senior advisory role.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Grizzlies will start a search for a new head coach and pursue some more experienced personnel to join the front office, sources said. For now, though: Zleiman completes an ascent in front office to top basketball role, essentially replacing Wallace. Major changes for Memphis.