On Monday, Memphis Grizzlies Executive Vice President Zach Kleiman met with members of the media to answer questions pertaining to his first trade deadline in his current role — a deadline which saw Memphis trade Solomon Hill, Jae Crowder, Bruno Caboclo and Andre Iguodala for ultimately Justise Winslow, Jordan Bell, and Gorgei Dieng.
This is the face of a man who is confident and has a plan.
Long-term sustainable success. Those are the words that the Grizzlies front office have chosen to use since the mass turnover and the ascension of Kleiman and Grizzlies President Jason Wexler following last season. Though the young Grizzlies have far exceeded expectations and are in a race for the playoffs in what I would consider year 2 of a conscious rebuild, the organization knows that whether the Grizzlies suit up in May or not isn’t the measuring stick for this season.
Zach Kleiman gracefully answered questions regarding Andre Iguodala and the national media that attempted to exploit his situation and place blame upon the Grizzlies.
Culture is the very backbone of all organizations, whether they be in sports, business, or non-profit. You can tell that the front office is leading the charge in establishing a culture of success here in Memphis. Kleiman stated that the front office is extremely glad they were able to extend Dillon Brooks with a 3 year $35 million dollar contract. Brooks is now a veteran on this team and he is looked to as a leader on and off the court. Kleiman pointed out that a big incentive for him to work towards an extension with Brooks is that he wanted to reward him for that commitment to excellence.
In addition to feeling good about the Brooks extension, Kleiman also showed gratitude towards Crowder and Hill, who were only here a matter of months, but played large roles in setting the tone in the locker room.
It’s true, the Grizzlies will no longer sneak up on anyone. They are on the radar for everyone in the NBA now, but that’s how they want it to be. In order to attract the best players, you have to have the best culture with the best guys.
This is true not only for those in shorts and sneakers, but also for those is slacks and suits.
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