Grizzlies pursue Milton Lee, says Amick

Springfield Armor

Milton Lee, who began working with Mikhail Prokhorov's team in the early days of the Russian's interest in the Nets, is being pursued by the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies asked and received the Nets permission to talk with Lee, according to Sam Amick.

Lee is currently the assistant GM for minor league operations, making him the GM of the Springfield Armor and the architect of the relationship between the Nets and the Armor. Before that, he had helped set up the Nets limited analytics operation and worked with Barclays Center architects on the design of the home locker room at the arena, generally considered one of the best in the NBA.

But even before Prokhorov agreed to buy the team in September 2009, Lee was on-board. He was hired as a consultant that summer by Chris Charlier, Prokhorov's No. 3 -- and Lee's prep school and college friend, to look into prospects for an NBA team in Brooklyn. Lee has said he originally put Prokhorov's chances of succeeding at 1 percent.

Lee has an excellent reputation around the league. He started his career in 1992, when he served as the lone intern for the Dream Team at the Barcelona Olympics. He also has helped run the NBA's Pre-Draft Combine for the past eight years.

Lee is the second front office executive who could move on. Bobby Marks could move to Sacramento if Denver Nuggets assistant GM Pete D'Alessandro gets the Kings job.

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