Ex-Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace Joining Rockets As Scouting Director

The Rockets are hiring former Grizzlies and Celtics general manager Chris Wallace as director of scouting, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.Chris Wallace

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.

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