Cavs Fire General Manager Chris Grant

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cavs have confirmed that Chris Grant has been fired as general manager of the team.

Vice President of Basketball Operations, David Griffin, has been appointed Acting General Manager.

The Cavs had an embarrassing loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night. The final score was 108-119. It was the Cavs’ sixth loss in a row.

In a release issued Thursday afternoon, Cavs’ majority owner Dan Gilbert said it’s been “a difficult period for the franchise.”

Gilbert added:

“Just as this is completely unacceptable to our loyal and passionate fan base, season ticket holders and corporate partners, it is also just as unacceptable to our ownership group.  I can assure everyone who supports and cares about the Cleveland Cavaliers that we will continue to turn over every stone and explore every possible opportunity for improvement to shift the momentum of our franchise in the right direction. There is no one in our entire organization who is satisfied with our performance, and to say that we are disappointed is an understatement.  We all know the great potential of our young talent, seasoned veterans, as well as our recent all-star addition. We believe a change in leadership was necessary to establish the best possible culture and environment for our entire team to flourish. There is no move, nor any amount of capital investment, we will not make if we believe it will improve our chances of competing and winning in this league for both the short and long term. The fans of this great city have invested too much time, money and effort for the kind of product we have recently delivered to them. This must change.”

Grant was named general manager of the Cavs on June 4, 2010. He originally joined the franchise as the club’s vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager in July 2005.

“My entire focus the past eight years has been on trying to build a team that can contend and win and provide Cleveland fans the success that they deserve,” Grant said in the release. “I have a tremendous appreciation for the players that are here and the coaches that I have worked with, as well as our front office. I thank them for all of their dedication and commitment to the Cavaliers.”

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5 comments

  • Deborah

    Typical sports in Cleveland, First the Indians, then the Browns , now the Cavs. You people ran out of options. Can you fire the owner? No but it wouldn’t be a bad idea. Seeing as to what we have owning these teams!

  • Ryan

    Chris grant really hasn’t done a bad job besides hiring they buffoon Mike Brown back. I don’t know how you fire a gm, and not the coach, when the gm hired the coach. It goes w out saying Mike Brown needs to go. It was extremely disheartening to hear Gilbert talk about Brown, like he’s only had a year. Dan, he’s had plenty of time, you give that idiot another year I will not renew my season tickets, and I’m sure a lot of ppl feel the same way.

    You cannot coach these guys if they don’t respect you, they obviously do not respect Mike Brown as a person or a coach. You don’t take the court against the lowly Lakers and play like they did if you respect your coach.

    Kyrie wants out……. He’s a tremendous talent, but if he wants out acquire some players and picks and send him out of here. If these guys don’t want to be here making max contracts, pack em up and ship them out. If they want to take the court and give a pathetic effort put them on the bench.

    Please for the sake of this franchise going forward fire Brown, he’s never done anything in the league. He’s lived off Pops reputation long enough. He’s proven he can’t handle his players, his rotations, or in game X’s and O’s. If you cannot win w lebron, you sure as he’ll won’t win w/ this group and that’s pretty evident. He lost the Lakers, he’s lost this team, he just isn’t a good coach plain and simple.

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