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Report: Grizzlies to remove Wallace's interim tag, hire assistant GM

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Chris Wallace will be the general manager of the Grizzlies, at least for a little while.
Chris Wallace will be the general manager of the Grizzlies, at least for a little while. (USATSI)

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The Memphis Grizzlies will remove the "interim" tag, making Chris Wallace their general manager, and at the same time he is searching for an assistant GM to eventually take his place, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

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.

The Grizzlies have cast a wide net in looking for a new hire, targeting some young executives on other teams. Memphis asked for permission to speak with Oklahoma City Thunder assistant GM Michael Winger, sources said, but Winger declined the interview because he is happy with the Thunder.

Memphis will see the new executive as a "GM-in-waiting," similar to when the Houston Rockets hired Daryl Morey in 2006, according to ESPN.

Stu Lash previously held the role of assistant general manager, but he was ousted in the front-office shakeup at the same time as former CEO Jason Levien. The Grizzlies may be looking backward with their hiring of Wallace, but they also have their eyes on the future.

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