April 18, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Is Chris Grant in trouble?

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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The post everyone was talking about yesterday about Chris Grant’s job so far: “And therein lies the problem for Grant: the 2011, 2012 and 2013 drafts were all weak. But other teams found good players in there, whereas of those six Cleveland picks — four of them in the top four — the Cavs have one star, one good prospect and little else right now. It’s early for all of the prospects, but by signing Jack and Bynum and aiming for the playoffs, Grant shortened his timeline to compete. The smart plan to rebuild through lots of draft picks doesn’t mesh with a win-now approach evident in the offseason. That philosophical incongruity mixed with what looks like an iffy drafting record at best is a potential nightmare for Grant.” [Tom Ziller/SB Nation]

Thoughts on the move to start Matthew Dellavedova: “I’ve been pretty consistently on the record about the Cavaliers needing to learn how to be a winning team. This core has tanked the past couple of years, and as a direct result, they’ve picked up some bad habits. Saying you’re ready to be a winner is all well and good, but breaking down bad habits takes time. Dion is clearly in Mike Brown’s doghouse, and a lot of it has to do with some spotty defensive intensity.” [Carter Rodriguez/Real Cavs Fans]

This Cavs drinking game appears fairly humorous for your next loss: “4. If Kyrie Irving dribbles the ball off anyone’s foot, including his own, spill your shot of Christmas Ale all over the floor.” [Joe Mastrantoni/Defend Cleveland]

Not sure this is actually realistic, but yeah, the East stinks: “Perhaps this is the year, then, that the NBA will finally have to confront the reality that divisions are stupid and should be abolished. If some putrid Atlantic Division team limps into the playoffs with a 39-43 record, and yet still snags the no. 4 seed and a better-than-deserved first-round matchup, it will be embarrassing for everyone involved. The only thing that could stave off such humiliation is the Eastern Conference being so abjectly horrible that a team could finish 39-43 and actually have the fourth-best record in the conference. The Eastern Conference right now is a three-team league. These are bad, bad times on the right coast.” [Zach Lowe/Grantland]

Big trade occurred for the AL Central, but folks don’t know what to make of it: “Just in terms of the players they’ve got right now, I think this trade is something close to a push. Detroit won’t score quite as many runs, but they won’t allow as many either. Even if you think the trade hurts them in 2014, I don’t see a good argument that it costs them more than a win.” [Jason Lukehart/Let's Go Tribe]

Neat stats courtesy of a veteran Browns writer and the WWL’s information department about Joe Haden’s success this year against some top-flight receivers. [Pat McManamon/ESPN.com]

Facts and numbers about the Browns stadium agreement: “6. The city hopes that this project will lower the cost of future capital repairs and prevent the stadium from falling into disrepair. In 2012, the Browns fronted $5 million to repair seating risers and seats at the stadium. The city repaid the Browns by dipping into the $29 million sin tax fund but offset the capital repair fund contribution stated in Schedule 14F in the lease for 2012-2018.” [Daryl Ruiter/92.3 The Fan]

Finally, someone on Twitter shared a link to these NFL salaries online. Man, it’s crazy how little they are compared to baseball. [SportsCity.com]

  • thenoclist

    Grant is gone.

  • Lunch

    At this point, I think Chris Grant’s position with the Cavs is secure unless Dan Gilbert KNOWS someone who already has the education and experience to build great teams. Dan Gilbert would be burned at the stake if he brings in a hotshot GM with all the best credentials in the world only to discover that he’s a Ted Stepien protege who gives us 5 more years of poor Cavs basketball and forces Dan to move the team to Seattle.

    Another note. why are we even talking about Grant’s position right now? It’s not even close to the end of the season. Sheesh!!

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Eventually, sure. But when?