NBA Notes: Stefanski joins Grizzlies' front office

NBA Notes: Stefanski joins Grizzlies' front office
July 29, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Former Sixers GM Ed Stefanski, pictured here with Evan Turner in 2010, is the Memphis Grizzlies' new VP of player personnel. (AP)

Ed Stefanski is returning to the NBA in a front office role with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The former Sixers GM, who most recently worked for the Toronto Raptors from 2011 to 2013, has been hired as the Grizzlies’ new executive vice president of player personnel, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The move is the latest by the Grizzlies in an offseason in which the team’s front office has been completely restructured. Former CEO Jason Levien and director of player Stu Lash were let go in May as GM Chris Wallace was promoted to head of basketball operations on an interim basis.

Stefanski was a member of the Nets' front office from 2000 to 2007, including a stint as general manager from ’04 to ’07, before coming to the Sixers. In Stefanski’s four seasons in Philadelphia, the Sixers made the playoffs three times.

After being fired by the Sixers in 2011, Stefanski was hired in the same capacity by Toronto, where he lasted two seasons before being fired in 2013.

Lakers, Bucks show interest in Gary Payton as assistant coach
Nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton could be returning to the NBA as an assistant coach.

Payton, who captured a Defensive Player of the Year Award and an NBA Championship during his 17-year playing career, is a candidate to join the coaching staff of either of the Bucks and the Lakers, according to the Racine Journal Times.

Both the Bucks and the Lakers have recently hired new coaches, with Jason Kidd taking over for Larry Drew in Milwaukee following his much-publicized departure from the Brooklyn Nets, while Byron Scott has replaced Mike D’Antoni in Los Angeles.

Known for his tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics from 1990 to 2003, Payton had brief stints with both the Bucks and the Lakers at the end of his playing career. He played 28 games for Milwaukee in 2003 after being traded by Seattle and spent the following season in Los Angeles, helping the Lakers reach the 2004 NBA finals. He won his lone championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat.

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