The Rockets are hiring former Grizzlies and Celtics general manager Chris Wallace as director of scouting, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Wallace served as Grizzlies GM from 2007-19, when he was demoted to scout. During his time as GM, he shaped the “Grind City” roster of Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley Jr., Tony Allen and others — after initially drawing criticism for trading Pau Gasol to the Lakers.
Wallace founded the popular Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook in 1981, while still in a college. Prior to the days of the Internet, it was considered the bible of college basketball and a good reference point for scouts.
Wallace will now work under Rafael Stone, who just wrapped up his first season as GM. The Rockets own the No. 2 overall draft pick, as well as Nos. 23 and 24.