The Memphis Grizzlies have today made a number of changes to their front office after firing CEO Jason Levien and assistant General Manager Stu Lash.
The Western Conference franchise, who finished seventh in the regular season before being ousted from the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder this year, revealed the decision in a statement released Monday:
"Our franchise has made tremendous strides over the last few seasons and we thank Jason for his hard work and dedication and wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors," Grizzlies owner Robert Pera stated before appeasing fans' worries about the future:
"Rest assured that we remain as committed as ever to bringing a championship to this great city and we are confident that when the new season begins our fans will be excited about both our roster and the direction of our organizion.
The shock departure of both Levien and Lash comes amidst reports that there had been a relationship breakdown with Pera in recent days with suggestions that the owner had been unhappy with the choice to hire David Joerger earlier in the season only appeased with a late upturn in form.
The franchise announced that Grizzles stalwart Chris Wallace will take on the roles vacated and be present as head of basketball operations "for the time being."
The futures of head coach, Joerger (himself in his rookie season as an NBA coach) and VP of basketball operations, John Hollinger remain unclear at the present moment according to ESPN.