The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly fired Chris Grant according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Below is the tweet he posted on Thursday afternoon.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired general manager Chris Grant, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 6, 2014
Last night's embarrassing loss to a Los Angeles Lakers team who was forced to finish the game with only four eligible players was apparently the final straw for owners Dan Gilbert and Usher Raymond.
Chris Kaman sleeping on the Lakers bench during the game didn't help things, either.
While blaming Grant for all that ails this organization is justifiable based on things like record, production and overall performance, don't expect things to get better anytime soon. Byron Scott was fired two years into a three-year plan and it got even worse this season. Hopefully whoever replaces Grant will have different results.
Update: Statement From Team via Press Release
The Cleveland Cavaliers have released General Manager Chris Grant and appointed Vice President of Basketball Operations, David Griffin, as Acting General Manager. 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.
Gilbert went on to address the current situation and the path ahead:
"This has been a very difficult period for the franchise. We have severely underperformed against expectations. 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," concluded Gilbert.