Job security in the NBA is at an all-time low, especially at the head coach position. This season alone, the turnover rates have been astronomical, and even quasi-successful coaches have found themselves in the hot seat as the offseason approaches and teams attempt to retool their rosters and reshuffle their coaching staffs for the upcoming season. Read More »
TAG: Chris Wallace
On Feb. 1, 2008, Michael Heisley, the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, and Chris Wallace, the team’s general manager, were the two most vilified men in the NBA. They had just traded Pau Gasol to the Lakers in a move that was seen as one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history. They turned the Lakers into instant championship contenders, while getting pennies on the dollar in return. The package they got included Javaris Crittenton (now out of the League), Kwame Brown, a practically retired Aaron McKie, two late first-round picks, and the rights to Pau’s brother, Marc Gasol. Read More »
Zach Randolph is quietly having one of the best seasons in the NBA this year. Averaging 20.1 points and 12.6 rebounds per game – with five 20-point, 20-rebound games to date – you can see why Randolph thinks he deserves to get paid to stay in Memphis. And apparently the Grizzlies are finally starting to realize that as well. So while there were murmurs that Z-Bo was headed to Orlando around the trade deadline, the word out of The River City now is that a deal could get done any day. Read More »
It seems like Pau Gasol still has some power over something. More than two years after the incredible garage sale deal of Gasol to the L.A. Lakers that damaged the Grizzlies’ reputation, Memphis is still dealing with questions about their direction and organizational leadership.
With less than two weeks before the NBA Draft, The Commercial-Appeal is reporting that there are a number of potential lottery picks who refuse to work out with the Grizzlies: Read More »
Every great modern NBA center has had one. Dwight Howard had Patrick Ewing. Andrew Bynum had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Even Kevin Love had Chris Dudley in high school. Now, the Memphis Grizzlies are thinking about bringing on Dikembe Mutombo to help them with Hasheem Thabeet. And I couldn’t think of a better scenario for the No. 2 pick in the Draft. Read More »
The waiting game is over. What began over Labor Day Weekend has finally come to fruition. According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Allen Iverson has informed the Grizzlies this morning that he will accept a one-year, $3.5 million offer to play in Memphis this season. I’m already on the phone with the NBA Store to order my jersey. Read More »
While they can sit and wait to hear from Allen Iverson, the Memphis Grizzlies need to start looking for a backup point guard. I would like to think that the Marcus Williams experiment will pan out, but he may not be able to find his way to training camp. Realizing this, GM Chris Wallace is starting to arrange workouts with free agent point guards this week. Read More »
At the top of virtually every NBA news wire feed yesterday, there was some variation on this headline: “Marion-to-Dallas talks reach standstill.” If you clicked on that link, you’d read that Toronto and Dallas needed other teams to facilitate the trade given some complicated financial matters.
Enter the Memphis Grizzlies. They could have kept to themselves, making it increasingly difficult for the Matrix to end up in their conference. But noooo. Not on Chris Wallace‘s watch. Read More »
The Grizzlies have a golden opportunity this summer. With more cap space than 90% of the League and three draft picks (two in the first round), Memphis could turn their young, promising roster into something much more if they make the right moves. With the economy adversely affecting a lot of teams – making everyone wary of taking on new money, Memphis could seize this opportunity to get a big-time talent in exchange for a package of picks. Read More »