DC United Introduce New Ownership Partners

Front office guy Jason Levien leaving Philly for Memphis

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You may not know Jason Levien, but Josh Harris likely doesn’t own the Philadelphia 76ers without him. Levien, a former agent and Sacramento Kings executive, helped bring together the Harris deal and became a minority owner in the Philly franchise.

Now he’s out so he can take a larger role with the new ownership in Memphis, reports CSNPhilly.com. Levin will be the Grizzlies CEO and managing partner — meaning he will oversee both the basketball and business sides of the operation.

Levien helped broker the deal where Robert Pera bought the Grizzlies as well, but in that case he is going to get a larger front office role, which is what he wanted. (In Philly, Doug Collins has a lot of the power.)

“I’m honored to be part of such a dynamic and potential-filled opportunity here in Memphis,” Levien said in a statement released by the Grizzlies. “I appreciate what a special role the Grizzlies and FedExForum play in the Memphis community and I know that we will build successfully on the foundation already in place.”

New owner Pera has big plans in Memphis — he wants a franchise that is more technologically savvy, both using advanced analytics on the basketball side and keeping up with how his fans consume media and the Grizzlies on the business side. He’s young, has energy and will bring some of that to a franchise that could use it.

It’s a good spot for Levien, he’s got a great role now.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.