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Report: Grizzlies hire Ed Stefanski for front office


It’s still pretty unclear what form the Grizzlies will take under Robert Pera’s watch, but they’re inching toward a set leadership group.

Jason Levien and Stu Lash – out.

Ed Stefanski – in.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Memphis Grizzlies have reached agreement with well-respected executive Ed Stefanski to become executive vice president of player personnel, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Stefanski will assume a key role in the Grizzlies’ player personnel and scouting areas, serving under general manager Chris Wallace, sources said. Stefanski brings a strong player personnel background, as well as excellent relationships with front-office peers and agents.

At one point, the Grizzlies planned to hire a general manager-in-waiting to apprentice under Wallace, but Stefanski doesn’t really fit that profile.

He’s the former general manager of the 76ers and Nets, and he worked for the Raptors until Masai Ujiri cleaned house. Stefanski is not exactly an unmolded ball of clay, but he’s a solid addition to a deep front office.

It’s not clear where Stefanski will rank on the totem pole. Wallace holds the title of “Vice President/General Manager, Basketball Operations,” and Hollinger is “Vice President, Basketball Operations.” Last year, Lash served as “Director, Player Personnel and Basketball Development,” which sounds pretty similar to Stefanski’s title.

However Stefanski fits, this might not be the end of Memphis’ restructuring.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.