Chris Grant fired as Cleveland Cavaliers GM


The Cleveland Cavaliers fired their general manager after a 16-33 start.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired general manager Chris Grant, the team announced Thursday. Assistant general manager David Griffin will take over on an interim basis.

A 16-33 start and grand expectations put Grant on the hot seat, and it was especially the latter that put the pressure on Grant from the beginning of the season. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert expressed his desire to compete for the postseason despite a 24-58 record in 2012-13, and Grant seemed set on doing so.

More on Grant's firing

Building around third-year point guard Kyrie Irving, Grant hired coach Mike Brown back to Cleveland this offseason. He then signed injured big man Andrew Bynum to a protected contract and surprisingly used the first overall pick in the 2013 draft on UNLV forward Anthony Bennett. Few of those decisions have panned out well for Grant, who joined the Cavs in 2005 and took over as general manager in 2010.

Bynum became a distraction and was traded for former Bulls forward Luol Deng, Bennett has struggled tremendously this year, and Brown has seemingly failed to connect with his roster.

Rumors of a disruptive locker room culture have surfaced multiple times, and a week ago, Grant made a point to meet with the media to back up both Brown and the roster. Reports of Irving and newly acquired forward Deng being unhappy have also come about in recent weeks.

The news was first broken by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

More from SB Nation NBA:

The Hook: Adam Silver thinks the NBA should rival the NFL

Flannery: How far can John Wall carry the Wizards?

Prada's Pictures: Meet the OKC Thunder's suffocating defense

Lakers vs. Cavs was the most bizarre game of the season

Ziller: The 30 biggest moments of David Stern's career

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.