The Memphis Grizzlies have made another quiet move that could really pay dividends in the near future.
The Grizzlies continued to re-shape their front office on Tuesday by hiring Ed Stefanski as the executive vice president of player personnel. Stefanski is not new to the role of being a key voice in player personnel decisions, as he has been apart of both the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers‘ front offices as well as most recently with the Toronto Raptors.
Stefanski is a seasoned veteran in terms of selecting quality players and making key moves to improve a team for both the short and long term. Stefanski was behind bringing Vince Carter to the Nets as well as drafting Jrue Holiday for the Sixers, who would later become a big part of the rebuilding plan for the Sixers, as he was dealt for center Nerlens Noel and another lottery pick that turned into Croatian forward Dario Saric.
So how exactly does Stefanski help the Grizzlies and propel them forward in terms of contending for a title? Stefanski does not play on the court, or coach on the sidelines. Stefanski is in the front office making decisions behind the scenes, but leaving a lot of decisions to him is smart on Memphis’ behalf. Stefanski’s hiring represents a desire to win now in Memphis, as he has proved in the past that he can make great decisions in terms of preparing for both the short and long term. Bringing in Stefanski gives the Grizzlies a little stability in the executive part of the organization, which is something the team has desperately lacked lately.
The Stefanski hire is not the ultimate game changer, but it does point the Grizzlies in the right direction both now and for years to come.