Grizzlies interview four execs for GM-in-waiting job
Bobby Marks of the Nets, Peter Dinwiddie of the Pacers, Knicks executive Mark Hughes and former Raptors and Knicks GM Glen Grunwald have interviewed for a front-office job with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told CBSSports.com.
The Memphis Grizzlies' search for a general manager-in-waiting to work with recently reappointed GM Chris Wallace has focused so far on Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks, Pacers vice president Peter Dinwiddie, Knicks director of pro personnel Mark Hughes and former Raptors and Knicks GM Glen Grunwald, league sources told CBSSports.com.
Marks, one of the league's most coveted cap experts, was a driving force behind the Nets' complicated acquisitions of Joe Johnson from the Hawks and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Celtics. He also spearheaded the team's decisions to draft Mason Plumlee (2013) and acquire European star Bojan Bogdanovic in a trade at the 2011 draft.
Dinwiddie, another rising star, has worked his way up through the Pacers organization after starting with the organization as a low-level sales rep in 2006. In 2012, Dinwiddie was promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations and has become a valuable part of a front office led by Larry Bird, Donnie Walsh and Kevin Pritchard.
Hughes, formerly an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic, was the Knicks' director of West Coast scouting from 2010-12, when he was promoted to director of pro personnel. He scouted Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, who became the main assets in the Knicks' 2011 acquisition of Carmelo Anthony.
Grunwald oversaw three straight playoff teams in Toronto after orchestrating a trade for Vince Carter in 1998. With the Knicks, he presided over a roster that won a playoff series for the first time in 13 years in 2013, but was unceremoniously pushed aside for Steve Mills just days before the start of training camp last season.
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.
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