The Memphis Grizzlies signed executive vice president of basketball operations Zach Kleiman to a long-term extension, the team announced Thursday.
Kleiman, who also serves as the team’s general manager, has played an immense role in reshaping the Grizzlies, who made the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
Memphis has one of the deepest young cores in the league, thanks in large part to its ability to find talent in different parts of the draft.
Kleiman, who started with the Grizzlies in 2015, was promoted to general manager prior to the 2018-2019 season and took over as chief decision-maker for the team in April of that season.
He immediately freaked out, trading franchise mainstays Marc Gasol and Mike Conley to collect draft picks and free up salary cap space. Kleiman also hired current head coach Taylor Jenkins after the 2018-19 season.