Phone ringing for Grizzlies' GM as draft nears

 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis general manager Chris Wallace has been on his cell phone almost constantly with the NBA draft approaching - even while trying to watch players he might want to select work out.

The Grizzlies hold the No. 2 pick overall, matching the highest the franchise has drafted in its history. With Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin likely headed to the Los Angeles Clippers with the top pick, the drama Thursday kicks into gear at No. 2 because Memphis needs all kinds of help after going 24-58.

The Grizzlies could take a shot-blocker in Connecticut's 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet. Or they may go with a guard: flashy Spanish guard Ricky Rubio or Tyreke Evans, who played his only season of college ball at the University of Memphis.

Unconfirmed reports have Minnesota packing two first round picks to move into the number two slot that Memphis holds.

Memphis also has the 27th pick at the end of the first and the 36th in the second round.

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