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SBD/August 5, 2014/Franchises
Grizzlies' Pera Shows Poise While Outlining Franchise's New Long-Term Vision
Published August 5, 2014
BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION: In Memphis, Chris Herrington noted while the "overarching set-up of the team's new ownership/front office apparatus is familiar, there are some big differences." Grizzlies VP/Player Personnel Ed Stefanski brings "a depth of high-level NBA experience to the job unmatched by any of Wallace's previous lieutenants." But beyond the introduction of Stefanski and "reintroductions of Pera and Wallace, the theme on Friday was the team's emphasis on player development and other forms of basketball investment." The implication of the day was that the team was "moving strongly on multiple fronts of player development and other areas of basketball operations that, as Pera pointed out, are not subject to a salary cap." Late Grizzlies Owner Michael Heisley was "passionate about his team and willing to spend big to retain star players, but was harder to convince when it came to more long-range or ancillary investments." Pera seems to "have it right: The Grizzlies can't depend on drawing stars in free agency or getting lucky in the draft lottery." They have to "be as smart and thorough as possible about finding talent, developing it and building a sustainable culture" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 8/4). The COMMERCIAL APPEAL's Cohen noted Stefanski will be "based in Philadelphia to have easier access to the plethora of college and professional teams in the northeast" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 8/2).