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Report: Rockets hiring ex-Celtics GM as scouting director

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The Houston Rockets reportedly are hiring an executive whose name might be familiar to Boston Celtics fans.

Former Celtics general manager Chris Wallace is joining the Rockets as their director of scouting, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported Tuesday.

Wallace served as Celtics GM from 1997 to 2007, with mixed results: He selected future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce with the 10th pick in the 1998 NBA Draft but traded top draft pick Joe Johnson to the Phoenix Suns in February 2002 for Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers. Johnson went on to become a seven-time All-Star, while Delk and Rogers played a combined three seasons for Boston.

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Wallace also famously traded Kenny Anderson, Vitaly Potapenko and Joseph Forte for big man Vin Baker in July 2002. Baker's play with the Celtics suffered as he battled alcoholism, and Boston released him after the 2003-04 season.

Wallace left the C's in 2007 to become Memphis Grizzlies general manager, paving the way for Danny Ainge to become the Celtics' full-time GM. Wallace was demoted from his GM role in 2019, but his experience could serve the Rockets well as they continue a rebuild under new general manager Rafael Stone.

Houston currently owns three first-round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft (including No. 2 overall), so Wallace might be put to work right away.