And-Ones: Wallace, Kirk, Pistons, Draft

Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace is glad to be back in the driver’s seat, as Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald writes.  “I basically stepped aside. No one told me to step back,” Wallace explained. “My role was reduced, but I intentionally stepped back from the players and the coaches. I did not want to be seen as someone that was a meddler last year. I went to games, but I did not interact with the players or coaches during that time. I stayed involved in the game. I was watching the college game closely and the NBA game and attending games at both levels, because I planned on getting back. I didn’t know it was going to be here.”  More from around the NBA..

  • The Cavs announced that they have assigned center Alex Kirk to their D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge.  Kirk averaged 23.7 PPG and 9.7 RPG in three games for the Charge this season.  He has also appeared in three games for the Cavs this season.
  • The Pistons recalled Tony Mitchell from the Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League, according to the RealGM transactions log.
  • If the draft was tomorrow, Kansas guard/forward Kelly Oubre might not be a top pick, tweets Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.  Oubre has been seeing limited minutes so far for the Jayhawks, but there’s still plenty of season ahead for the frosh.  He’s currently rated No. 5 in DraftExpress’ 2015 mock.
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