Come on. It's Chris Grant. He isn't crazy. He isn't off the rocker. He didn't fall off the wagon drinking last night with Mike Brown and Austin Carr. (Come on, just imagine them doing a shot and slamming it on the table while all three say "THROW THE HAMMER DOWN!")
Chris Grant will make sure this off-season goes logically. Not crazy. He "said" aggressive in free agency and that yielded us CJ Miles and Shaun Livingston. He "said" aggressive during the trade deadline and we go Speights, Shelby, Livingston and a weird first round draft pick that’s not #1-5-not-#5-10-not-unless-Man-of-Steel-crosses-a-billion-In-Box-office-protected-until-2017.
Now, this isn’t a post to bash the man, not at all. I mean his lack of OVER aggression and calculated reaching has yielded us Dion, Thompson, Kyrie (not reaching but a decisive approach outside of D. Williams), Zeller, and a butt-load of future draft picks. So he’s all cool with me!
It’s just when it comes to this draft, with all the options we do have, expect the same old blue collar approach. No REAL crazy scenarios. No Trade downs with the No. 1, no flipping for Danny Granger, no reaching for Iggy, no packaging two second rounder’s with the Mavericks, no Josh Smith, no Andrew Bynum, no Kevin Love….none of that. Just plain old Chris Grant with his loosely fitting blazer and his crisp white shirt with the top button and its holder going in opposite directions.
Chris Grant will crack his smile, say he’ll be aggressive and listen to offers-which he’ll surely do. But in the end? He’ll Draft Noel. He’ll draft a "reach" at no. 19, but it’ll be a safe pick for a SF. He’ll trade the two second rounder’s to make this reach seem even sweeter. While absorbing a contract of some other team and a first rounder in 2016, probably top 5 protected. This Is Chris Grant. He will shy away from a Josh Smith. But he’ll give a LONG hard look at a Chase Budinger or Martell Webster. Bynum’s knees will make HIS knees hurt, but he’ll rehab a Greg Oden-who has no kneecaps- for 3 million. He probably believe his greatest pick up in that Luer trade was Ellington. So he doesn’t have to overpay Gibson. He wont even look at Demarcus, even though I want him to with all of my Cavs-fibers.
This is Chris Grant. He’s made countless right decisions and he will continue to do so in the face of all the "tremendous" flexibility we possess.
And I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing. But it has worked so far. We MAY make the playoffs. But we’ll lose. And he’ll be ok. Why? Progress. He wants progress. Because in Chris Grants mind, progress equals championships. Not Crazy spending. Not trading Vucevic, Harris, and Iggy for Bynum. Not getting ahead of yourself and signing Marcus Thornton and John Salmons only to draft T.Rob and Trade him, not investing all of your cap space in D.Will, Wallace, Humpfries, Lopez, and Iso-Toe Jo Johnson. Not signing Goran Dragic to replace Steve Nash and then Drafting Kendall Marshall. Not going to the local Bingo Hall and snatching Rasheed, Camby, Thomas, and Kidd to play a round of pickup with the leading scorer in the league. Not drafting two PG’s back to back in the same draft and building a "contender" from foreign rookies, aged big men, and a guy with degenerative knees.
No. this is Chris Grant. And he’ll do what he’s always said he’ll do. Build through the darn Draft.
So get ready to see a starting five of Irving-Waiters-Gee-Thompson-Varejao at the beginning of the season. You’ll get a sprinkle of Nerlens here and there and we will be amazed. But Chris Grant doesn’t care about amazement. He wants progress. And progress is a progressional thing that takes progressive steps to ensure its progress.
Sit back and relax Cavs Fans. We are in good hands.