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Report: Grizzlies hire Ed Stefanski for front office

Jul 29, 2014, 8:45 AM EST

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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.

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