Jan 27, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies ceo and managing partner Jason Levien Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace and Memphis Grizzlies director of player development Stu Lash during the game against the New Orleans Hornets at the FedEx Forum. New Orleans Hornets defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 91-83. Mandatory Credit: Spruce DerdenUSA TODAY Sports

Grizzlies have interviewed four potential replacement General Managers

Memphis has tapped Chris Wallace as the general manager for the time being, but they are anticipating his departure down the road.  They have interviewed four potential candidates for their future GM-in-waiting job.  The interviewees include Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks, Knicks director of player personnel Mark Hughes, former Knicks and Raptors GM Glen Grunwald, and Pacers VP Peter Dinwiddie.

It’s a smart move for the Grizzlies to start finding someone to insert into the front office so they can acclimate them into the team culture.  Memphis has taken more of a statistical approach as of late, which was indicated by the signing of John Hollinger in December of 2012.  This is probably something they will look for when bringing aboard a new general manager prospect.

In regards to why the Grizzlies are looking at new GM candidates CBSsports reports:

The Grizzlies have undergone turmoil of their own, parting ways with CEO Jason Levien and executive Stu Lash last month and returning Wallace to the job he’d been removed from when Levien came on board in 2012.

All four candidates have interviewed with Wallace and representatives of Robert Pera’s ownership group. The team is seeking an executive to work with Wallace and ultimately replace him as GM, league sources said.

via Ken Burger

Robert Pera has had a clear role in making key decision within the organization, so you can expect him to have the final say in the hiring.  As of now it appears that current general manager Chris Wallace is focusing on re-signing Zach Randolph.  Whether or not the new hire will have much say going forward is unknown, but Wallace will definitely be showing him the ropes over the next year or so.

Memphis remains a strong contender this year and with a few additions they could rise to the top of the Western conference.  If the new GM-in-waiting is statistically minded, then they may be able to work with Hollinger immediately in an adviser role.

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