Chris Wallace has been the General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies since 2007, but since the recent front office turnover there were some questions about his place in the organization. The latest report has Wallace staying on board as general manager for the “foreseeable future”:
Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace will continue as GM of the team for the “foreseeable future,” tweets Sam Amick of USA Today. The Grizzlies’ search for a GM has “evolved” into a search for a player personnel director, the role Stu Lash held when he acted as second in command to CEO Jason Levien in the front office before both were let go last month, Amick reports…The team has asked for permission to interview Thunder assistant GM Michael Winger for the job, according to Amick. Wallace assumed “interim responsibility” for the Memphis front office when Levien and Lash departed, according to the team’s press release, and today’s news appears to signal that he’s likely to remain in charge of the Grizzlies on a more permanent basis. Wallace maintained his GM title even as his role was marginalized under Levien, but Amick seems to indicate that he’ll remain in control of the team’s front office in addition to retaining his title. Wallace’s continued employment with the Grizzlies in some form or fashion has long appeared safe, and the mutual willingness of Wallace and the Grizzlies to continue their association even as Wallace spent a year without setting foot in his office supports that.
Wallace is known for trading away Pau Gasol in 2008 to the Lakers for a rookie second round pick, who just so happened to be his brother Marc. The trade was highly scrutinized at the time, but acquiring Marc was a boon for the Grizzlies franchise. He also drafted Michael Conley Jr. with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. How long Wallace will stay on as acting general manager is yet to be seen, but for now he is leading the front office.