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Grizzlies Notes: Joerger, Chalmers, Randolph

Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace is preaching patience and he defended the job of coach Dave Joerger in the wake of a report questioning his job security, Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal writes.

“When things aren’t going well, there’s always a lot of noise from the outside,” Wallace said. “You can’t let it permeate the air you’re breathing as a team. You just have to keep your head down and do what you’ve done in the past to be successful. I don’t see Dave on the hot seat. We’re six games into the season. We’re struggling right now, but Dave’s a proven commodity and he’s got a talented staff.”

Here’s more out of Memphis:

  • Earlier in the week, the Grizzlies were linked to Mario Chalmers, who is on the trade block because of Miami’s tax implications, but Wallace downplayed the idea of a trade happening, Tillery writes in the same piece. “We’re always searching for ways to improve the team. You can’t predict what will happen. But we’ll never operate with the mindset that you have to do a deal. I don’t think the sky is falling. We have the weapons to be a strong team this year. We just have to be who we are and regain our identity,” Wallace said.
  • There are rival executives who believe the Grizzlies will ultimately entertain trading Zach Randolph with an eye on adding youth and athleticism to the roster, according to Marc Stein of Outside of Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, Randolph is the trade piece that would most likely net a difference maker, Stein adds. Randolph signed a team-friendly two year, $20MM extension with Memphis in 2014 that kicked in this season.

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