The news coming from the Memphis Grizzlies Monday afternoon that front office executives Jason Levien and Stu Lash are out appears to have surprised just about everyone not named Robert Pera, who is the Grizzlies controlling owner and whose boot prints are on Levien’s and Lash’s backsides.
That laughter you hear is Lionel Hollins, who has to be thinking, “See, it wasn’t just me.”
And maybe it wasn’t. We’re not going to know about that or the juicy details of these sudden exits for a while and even then we are likely to get less than the full story.
But what you think and what I think about this isn’t what matters.
Zach Randolph can opt out this summer and go elsewhere. Marc Gasol becomes a free agent after next season.
When the team met with media at the end of the this 50-win season under first-year coach Dave Joerger and after a seven-game, first-round playoff loss to OKC, Gasol and Mike Conley both said they had complete trust in the people running the Grizzlies.
The key question is who was first in their minds — Robert Pera or Jason Levien?
For now, general manager Chris Wallace takes over “interim” responsibility for the running of basketball operations. Presumably, he had to be summoned from his office in suburban Siberia.
What happens next? Well, there’s a John Calipari rumor out there and about three million others.
So craft your own conspiracy theory and run with it. We’ve still got two months until SEC football media days. Maybe Robert Pera just understands how slow our summers can be.