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I just saw that Chris Wallace signed multi-year contract extension with Memphis Grizzlies. I would like to hear your thoughts about him. For me he is one below average GM in NBA. Since he joined the Grizzlies as general manager and vice president of basketball operations on June 18, 2007, he really turned around my favorite franchise. He made Grizzlies look like a serious franchise but I think that he could have done much more. If he was smarter, Grizzlies would be now the best team in NBA. I will count few very bad moves he made that made Grizzlies just a mediocre team instead of the best one:

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  1. June 26, 2008 Traded 5th pick (Kevin Love), Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins for 3rd pick (OJ Mayo), Antoine Walker, Marko Jaric and Greg Buckner. We can not blame him cause he didn’t know what kind of players would become Kevin Love and OJ Mayo, but for me this deal wasn’t good because he traded for a SG although he already had good SG Mike Miller and good perimeter players Gay and Conley. He traded PF and left the team with Hakim Warrick as their starting PF (probably the worst PF starter in the league). He traded two good players for one who as days passes becoming a big bust
  2. February 19, 2009 As part of a 3-team trade, the Memphis traded Kyle Lowty to the Houston; the Houston traded Rafer Alston to the Orlando; the Orlando traded Brian Cook to the Houston; and the Orlando traded Adonal Foyle, Nike Wilks and a 2009 1st round draft pick (DeMare Carroll was later selected) to the Memphis. Absolutly horrible move. He traded young, promising PG for a late first round pick. In that time Grizzlies had cap space so they could afford to give Lowry the money Houston gave him and trade him later when his price was much higher, like Houston did in 2012 for Toronto’s 2013 1st round pick (12th). After he traded Lowry, Grizzlies had big troubles with back-up PG.
  3. June 25, 2009 With 2nd pick he drafted Hasheem Thabeet. I doubt anyone thought that Thabeet would become such a big bust, probably the biggest bust ever, but for me this pick wasn’t logical at all. Before that draft Grizzlies had young, promising starting five Conley/Mayo/Gay/Randolph/Gasol but didn’t have any bench help. Gasol already shown he is starting center player and good defensive player. He also shown that he is pure center who can not play PF so drafting another defensive minded, pure center doesn’t have much sence for me. He basicly draft guy with 2nd pick to play 15-18 minutes. On the other side, they didn’t have back-up PG and SG, so drafting versatile guy who can play both positions made much more sence. Now we know that James Harden would be the best solution, but in that time the most logical pick was Tyreke Evans, especially cause he played for Tigers.
  4. June 24, 2010 With 12th pick he drafted Xavier Henry. Grizzlies needed bench help from wing, but they also needed bench help from PG. At the end of the day he drafted another bust instead of future all star Eric Bledsoe or even Avery Bradley. Third bust in a row. Not so often to see
  5. February 18, 2010 Traded a 2011 1st round draft pick (Donatas Motiejunas was later selected) to the Utah for Ronnie Brewer. If I can have some understanding for his previous mistakes (excluding Lowry’s trade), I don’t have any understanding for such a move. Small market teams should never give up so easily from their draft picks, especially in the situation Grizzlies was from 2011 when they re-sign their core players and needed some cheap bench help. Only chance for small market teams is to develop players they draft. The best example is San Antonio. They gave up 20th pick for Ronnie Brewer’s expiring contract and Ronnie gave them nothing. With 2011 20th pick they could draft Reggie Jackson, Jimmy Butler, Kenneth Faried. Totally stupid move.
  6. February 24, 2011 Traded DeMare Carroll, Hasheem Thabeet and a future 1st round draft pick (2013) to the Houston for Shene Battier’s expiring contract and Ishmael Smith. Rudy Gay was hurt and Wallace wanted to find him a replacement so they could make a play-off push. They really made a deep play-off run so you can say this wasn’t such a bad move, but I don’t like that short term moves which jeopardise franchise long term perspective. After that season they didn’t have the money to re-sign Battier, so basicly they gave up on Carroll and their 2013 pick for few months of Battier’s presence. Carroll become very valuable back-up forward with very cheap contract and with their 2013 pick (26th) they could draft Rudy Gobert, Archie Goodwin, Nate Wolters
  7. Wallace missed to trade OJ Mayo in summer 2011. Mayo was entering a final year of his rookie contract and Wallace knew they didn’t have the money to re-sign him. He should try to trade him for some draft pick. In that time Mayo still had some trade value and the teams like Milwaukee, Golden State, Utah, Indiana needed SG. If he didn’t trade their own 2011 pick for Ronnie Brewer, he could also add that pick and maybe some of that teams would trade their 10-15 range pick for Mayo and Grizzlies 20th pick. They could draft guys like Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson or Alec Burks. Next summer they lose Mayo for nothing.
  8. January 30, 2013 As part of a 3-team trade, the Memphis traded Rudy Gayand Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto; the Memphis traded Jose Calderon to the Detroit; the Detroit traded Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince to the Memphis; and the Toronto traded Jose Calderon, Ed Davis and a 2013 2nd round draft pick (Jamaal Franklin was later selected) to the Memphis. I think it would be better for them if they didn’t include Detroit in that deal. They should take Ed Davis and Jose Calderon’s huge expiring contract instead of taking Tayshaun Prince’s little cheaper but 2 years longer contract. Previous season showed that Prince’s contract is a heavy burden for their salary cap and next season is gonna be worse. Like we all saw last season, guy like James Johnson at minimum contract played at the same level as Prince. If he took Calderon’ expiring contract, last summer he could spend some money for wing who is a better fit for Grizzlies (knows to shoot) like Dorell Wright, Martell Webster, Nick Young, Marco Belinelli.
  9. August 22, 2013 Traded Tony Wroten to the Philadelphia for a 2014 2nd round draft pick. This is another example how he treates his draft picks

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  • June 26, 2008 Traded 5th pick (Kevin Love), Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins for 3rd pick (OJ Mayo), Antoine Walker, Marko Jaric and Greg Buckner. We can not blame him cause he didn’t know what kind of players would become Kevin Love and OJ Mayo, but for me this deal wasn’t good because he traded for a SG although he already had good SG Mike Miller and good perimeter players Gay and Conley. He traded PF and left the team with Hakim Warrick as their starting PF (probably the worst PF starter in the league). He traded two good players for one who as days passes becoming a big bust
  • February 19, 2009 As part of a 3-team trade, the Memphis traded Kyle Lowty to the Houston; the Houston traded Rafer Alston to the Orlando; the Orlando traded Brian Cook to the Houston; and the Orlando traded Adonal Foyle, Nike Wilks and a 2009 1st round draft pick (DeMare Carroll was later selected) to the Memphis. Absolutly horrible move. He traded young, promising PG for a late first round pick. In that time Grizzlies had cap space so they could afford to give Lowry the money Houston gave him and trade him later when his price was much higher, like Houston did in 2012 for Toronto’s 2013 1st round pick (12th). After he traded Lowry, Grizzlies had big troubles with back-up PG.
  • June 25, 2009 With 2nd pick he drafted Hasheem Thabeet. I doubt anyone thought that Thabeet would become such a big bust, probably the biggest bust ever, but for me this pick wasn’t logical at all. Before that draft Grizzlies had young, promising starting five Conley/Mayo/Gay/Randolph/Gasol but didn’t have any bench help. Gasol already shown he is starting center player and good defensive player. He also shown that he is pure center who can not play PF so drafting another defensive minded, pure center doesn’t have much sence for me. He basicly draft guy with 2nd pick to play 15-18 minutes. On the other side, they didn’t have back-up PG and SG, so drafting versatile guy who can play both positions made much more sence. Now we know that James Harden would be the best solution, but in that time the most logical pick was Tyreke Evans, especially cause he played for Tigers.
  • June 24, 2010 With 12th pick he drafted Xavier Henry. Grizzlies needed bench help from wing, but they also needed bench help from PG. At the end of the day he drafted another bust instead of future all star Eric Bledsoe or even Avery Bradley. Third bust in a row. Not so often to see
  • February 18, 2010 Traded a 2011 1st round draft pick (Donatas Motiejunas was later selected) to the Utah for Ronnie Brewer. If I can have some understanding for his previous mistakes (excluding Lowry’s trade), I don’t have any understanding for such a move. Small market teams should never give up so easily from their draft picks, especially in the situation Grizzlies was from 2011 when they re-sign their core players and needed some cheap bench help. Only chance for small market teams is to develop players they draft. The best example is San Antonio. They gave up 20th pick for Ronnie Brewer’s expiring contract and Ronnie gave them nothing. With 2011 20th pick they could draft Reggie Jackson, Jimmy Butler, Kenneth Faried. Totally stupid move.
  • February 24, 2011 Traded DeMare Carroll, Hasheem Thabeet and a future 1st round draft pick (2013) to the Houston for Shene Battier’s expiring contract and Ishmael Smith. Rudy Gay was hurt and Wallace wanted to find him a replacement so they could make a play-off push. They really made a deep play-off run so you can say this wasn’t such a bad move, but I don’t like that short term moves which jeopardise franchise long term perspective. After that season they didn’t have the money to re-sign Battier, so basicly they gave up on Carroll and their 2013 pick for few months of Battier’s presence. Carroll become very valuable back-up forward with very cheap contract and with their 2013 pick (26th) they could draft Rudy Gobert, Archie Goodwin, Nate Wolters
  • Wallace missed to trade OJ Mayo in summer 2011. Mayo was entering a final year of his rookie contract and Wallace knew they didn’t have the money to re-sign him. He should try to trade him for some draft pick. In that time Mayo still had some trade value and the teams like Milwaukee, Golden State, Utah, Indiana needed SG. If he didn’t trade their own 2011 pick for Ronnie Brewer, he could also add that pick and maybe some of that teams would trade their 10-15 range pick for Mayo and Grizzlies 20th pick. They could draft guys like Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson or Alec Burks. Next summer they lose Mayo for nothing.
  • January 30, 2013 As part of a 3-team trade, the Memphis traded Rudy Gayand Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto; the Memphis traded Jose Calderon to the Detroit; the Detroit traded Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince to the Memphis; and the Toronto traded Jose Calderon, Ed Davis and a 2013 2nd round draft pick (Jamaal Franklin was later selected) to the Memphis. I think it would be better for them if they didn’t include Detroit in that deal. They should take Ed Davis and Jose Calderon’s huge expiring contract instead of taking Tayshaun Prince’s little cheaper but 2 years longer contract. Previous season showed that Prince’s contract is a heavy burden for their salary cap and next season is gonna be worse. Like we all saw last season, guy like James Johnson at minimum contract played at the same level as Prince. If he took Calderon’ expiring contract, last summer he could spend some money for wing who is a better fit for Grizzlies (knows to shoot) like Dorell Wright, Martell Webster, Nick Young, Marco Belinelli.
  • August 22, 2013 Traded Tony Wroten to the Philadelphia for a 2014 2nd round draft pick. This is another example how he treates his draft picks
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    zola
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    Sorry

    Sorry for all this mess

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    You know what

    Grizzlies we're very high on Mike Conley, that's why they traded Lowry and avoided picking Bledsoe or Bradley. They picked Henry because they had problems at the 2 guard position because Mayo didn't pan out. Why all the negative things he has done? What about the positives

    1. Acquired Zach Randolph for Quentin Richardson straight up

    2. Pau Gasol trade in which they acquired Marc Gasol

    3. Other forumers would agree to me that Battier would be a great player to any team

    Honestly, if the Grizzlies where on the Eastern conference starting when Chris Wallace was the GM, we'd be looking at a consistent Eastern Conference Champ threat, problem is The West is so stacked.

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    Clippers was very high on

    Clippers was very high on Chris Paul also, but they also acquired Eric Bledsoe. Back-up PG is one of the biggest weaknesses for Grizzlies since they trade Kyle Lowry. They change their back-up PG every year without success

    Acquiring Z-Bo is Walllace major success as their GM

    Pau Gasol's trade is still very questionable. Knowing how Lakers treat their picks, Grizzlies could probably get Marc Gasol for some cash or another second rounder. He was unknown at that time and luckily he became what he is

    I would never trade two young guys on rookie contracts for just a few months of somebody's presence

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    don't think i can hate on a

    don't think i can hate on a gm whose team went to the playoffs the last 4 years and a conference finals too.

    capecodder
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    Wallace/Celtics

    He did a lousy job with the Celtics before ending up in Memphis

    ExumInferno
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    It looks like Wallace is not

    It looks like Wallace is not very good. It would have been much worse if Marc Gasol's rights hadn't been in the trade when Memphis gave Pau Gasol, and therefore titles, to the Lakers.

    What is worse, his drafting or trading? Drafting Thabeet was bad, giving away Joe Johnson during his rookie year in Boston was bad. He traded for Vin Baker, not good. He drafted Kedrick Brown, and it was in the lottery.

    He looks like he is very below average.

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