Fire Chris Wallace
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The Grizzlies have been completely and utterly destroyed by Chris Wallace's incompetence, and we the fans -- the backbone to this whole team and organization -- call for Mr. Wallace's immediate eviction from the seat of General Manager. Not only did he allow Hasheem Thabeet to be drafted over JAMES HARDEN in the 2009 NBA draft, but he also traded Kevin Love for OJ Mayo and he traded Kyle Lowry for Adonal Foyle (For those of you who don't know, Harden, Lowry, and Love are top NBA players and former members of the All-Star teams). To this day he continues to make atrocious team decisions that only hurt this organization. I believe this organization will be allowed to flourish (as it should be right now) with a more competent individual calling the shots.
In recent developments concerning the Grizzlies organization approaching the 2019 trade deadline, Chris Wallace approved two trades. One trade sending Jamychal Green (9.8 pts on 48.4% FG, 6.1 reb, 0.8 stl) and Garrett Temple (9.4 pts on 42.9% FG, 1.4 ast, 1.0 stl) to the Los Angeles Clippers for Avery Bradley (8.2 pts on 38.3% FG, 2.0 ast, 0.6 stl), and the other trade sending Marc Gasol (15.7 pts on 44.4% FG, 8.6 reb, 4.7 ast, 1.1 blk, 1.2 stl) to the Toronto Raptors for Jonas Valanciunas (12.8 pts on 57.5% FG, 7.2 reb, 1.0 ast, 0.8 blk), Delon Wright (6.9 pts on 43.3% FG, 2.2 ast, 0.9 stl), and CJ Miles (5.5 pts on 34.0% FG, 0.6 ast) and a 2024 second-round draft pick.
For an organization allegedly trying to rebuild around Jaren Jackson Jr., the sensible move would be trading two solid forwards for the Clippers 1st-round draft pick. Yet, in lieu of using common sense, Wallace decided to pick up a 9-season veteran with lesser stats. Furthermore, hearing trade rumors surrounding Gasol saddened the fan base, but it also brought hope for a positive rebuild. However, to no one's surprise, Wallace decided to crush that glimmer of hope and trade Gasol for a run-of-the-mill Center, two superfluous players, and a mediocre draft pick that wont have an impact for FIVE YEARS. Currently, the Grizzlies have two conditional first-round draft picks in 2019, one conditional second round pick, and two guaranteed second round picks. Adding salt to the wound, if the season plays out as it has so far, the Grizzlies will lose one of the first round picks, and if the Los Angeles Clippers move from their current position of 12th in the league to 16th, the other first round pick will also be lost. Not to mention, the Grizzlies will owe Chandler Parsons $25 million in the 2019-20 season, and Wallace just decided to add to the list of overpaid players on the team by picking up CJ Miles who has a player option of $8.73 million in the 2019-20 season.
In a league where Markelle Fultz can be traded for a 1st and 2nd-round pick along with a backup forward, Iman Shumpert and Alec Burks can be traded for a lottery-protected first-round pick, Justin Holliday can be traded for two players and two second-round draft picks, how did Wallace only manage to pick up one second-round draft pick for Gasol? Why try to rebuild when the trades the organization pursues aren't going to help a rebuild? For a team with the 9th highest payroll in the league why is the team ranked second from last in the west?
Without a competent manager, the Grizzlies most likely won't be seeing a possible playoff run for a while, and the issues that litter the whole organization at the moment won't see an end. Something has to change.
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