General managers throughout the National Basketball Association allegedly believe that Cleveland Cavaliers’ Chris Grant may be the first executive to be out of a job. ESPN’s Chad Ford reports, via a line item within his recent column, that the Cavaliers’ disappointing start could lead to the 6-11 general manager being on his way out if the ship isn’t corrected soon.
“[Cavaliers owner Dan] Gilbert set down the playoffs-or-bust mandate before the season, touting the team’s culture and chemistry before opening night,” writes Ford. “Three weeks into the season, things haven’t gone particularly well on or off the court, and many GMs in the league believe Grant might be the first executive to lose his job this season.”
Point guard Kyrie Irving has had a slow start, his season’s statistics being saved by two overtime games. Irving is sporting the lowest PER of his career and is the “leader” of the second-least-efficient offense in the NBA right now. The team has yet to iron out the small forward position and Anthony Bennett, this year’s No. 1 selection, has been relegated to the bench as he continues to have a complete absence in confidence on the offensive end. Ford speculates that, despite being just one of many Eastern Conference teams to have a rough first three weeks, the team could consider trading center Anderson Varejao for another shot at the lottery. The goal? Getting LeBron James to return in 2014.
The Cavaliers sit at 4-7 and will play host to the Washington Wizards this Wednesday.