April 24, 2014

Chris Grant says draft day moves are “just the beginning”

While Cavs fans are contemplating how draft picks Anthony Bennett, Sergey Karasev, and Carrick Felix will all fit with the current roster, Cavs General Manager Chris Grant indicated on Friday the Cavaliers’ roster is far from finished.

In an interview with ESPNCleveland’s The Really Big Show , Grant told show hosts Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer that “this is just the beginning” in reference to the team’s off season moves.

The Cavaliers were reportedly very active in trade talks leading up to the draft, with names such as Paul Pierce, Shawn Marion, and LaMarcus Aldridge all among those Grant and his staff had their eyes on. While Cleveland was not involved in any major deals on draft night it appears the Cavaliers front office is merely getting started with their offseason work.

“We’re a pretty aggressive team, just look at our track record the last three years,” Grant commented to The Really Big Show.

Pierce has since been shipped off to Brooklyn, but both Marion and Aldridge could still be targets with Dallas wanting to shed the $9 million Marion is due next season and Aldridge wanting out of Portland.

The Cavs core of Irving, Waiters, Karasev, Bennett, Thompson, and Zeller are all 23 years of age or younger, leaving the team in desperate need of some additional veteran presence to go along side Andy Varejao.

“You want to give enough space for the young guys to play and grow…but at the same time you want to put enough experience and professional leadership around them” Grant explained.

With Dan Gilbert making it clear he wants the Cavs in the playoffs next April, Grant and his staff will have to leave no stone unturned in their continuing quest to upgrade an extremely young roster that won just 24 games last season while also leaving the door open to sign a max contract free agent in 2014.

[Related: The NBA Draft may be complete, but Chris Grant’s job is just getting started]

  • RGB

    LeBron-a-thon 2014!
    “I’m taking my talents to Edgewater Park Beach.”

  • boomhauertjs

    Pursuing trades is totally different from completing trades.

  • TOJ

    David West.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Before drafting Bennett I’d have been all over this but not now makes no sense. The Cavaliers need to add a veteran backup guard who can handle the ball as well as a SF threat. Gee will be the defense, Karasev the offense but needs time to learn after he hopefully signs. One more big man, perhaps a purely defensive type at center wouldn’t be bad either.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Killjoy! ;-)

  • architrance

    Ole man Oden

  • FearTheRoo

    Since they didn’t take a Center in the draft, it seems like they will be aggressively trying to trade for one. I’d say as long as they keep Irving, Waiters, Bennett, and Thompson anyone else can be moved.

  • Lee Nicholas

    You mean like the trades that netted us Kyrie Irving, Tyler Zeller, Sergey Karasev, Wayne Ellington, Moe Speights, and two other first round draft picks where all we gave up were Mo Willians, Kevin Jones, and two months of Ramon Session?

  • saggy

    Just wondering why you say the Cavs MUST keep Bennett?

  • Jake Udell

    he has star written all over him and is part of the core

  • Jaker

    We also gave up Jamario Moon! Totally not worth it!