Chris Grant has had a polarizing tenure throughout his time as Cavaliers' general manager, replete with questionable draft choices and perpetual uncertainties about roster construction.
That tenure may be coming to an end sooner rather than later, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports:
As bad as it is in New York, a far messier situation exists in Cleveland, where Chris Grant's tenure as GM is on shaky ground, league sources say. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, who has made exactly five baskets in 110 minutes, may well have been pushed on draft night by coach Mike Brown. But Cavs owner Dan Gilbert just hired Brown for a second tour of duty and committed $20 million to him. Brown's recent indictment of the entire roster -- "We didn't compete," he said after a demoralizing loss to the Wizards on Wednesday night -- was awfully telling. We know Kyrie Irving is talented, but now we'll find out if he can be a leader, too. Right now, there doesn't appear to be one of those on the roster that Grant has assembled.
This is far from a surprise, given the Cavaliers' 4-8 start and their increased expectations coming into the season. While owner Dan Gilbert has not come out and said that it's "playoffs or bust" this season, that did seem to be the consensus coming into the season given the free agent signings made this offseason. I don't take much actual news away from this, but this report does serve as a confirmation that Gilbert meant business as far as seeing progress this season.
This offseason's additions haven't had the impact envisioned by Grant upon their arrival. Jarrett Jack's shot selection has been as equally questionable as his fit with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters is tenuous. Earl Clark hasn't been great, jacking up midrange jumpers with impunity. And of course, Anthony Bennett's problems have been discussed at length.
My thoughts on the situation have been pretty evident. The roster is like a land of misfit toys right now, despite featuring high talent levels. I'm just not sure that these kids are in the best place to succeed given that the roster construction is what it is, and I'm concerned that losing could create a culture because of it. The 2014 offseason is absolutely crucial for the Cavaliers' future, and if Gilbert does not believe he has the right guy in Chris Grant, I think it's a move he should make.
Having said that, it's not a move that should be made before the new year at the earliest. Given that half of the roster is new, along with a new coach, it makes sense that the team started slow. If the team is still struggling as much as it is right now by the time January or February rolls around, then it might make more sense to cut ties. But for now, I'd let the team try to find itself. Things can't get TOO much worse, can they?
What are your thoughts on the Grant era, and what do you think the Cavs should do?