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NBA GMs believe Chris Grant may be first executive to lose job

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.

[Related: Something is missing, and it isn’t just Dion Waiters]

  • Natedawg86

    Hmmm…really?

  • EJMaroun

    We’re 5 months removed from zero mock drafts projecting Anthony Bennett to be the #1 pick in the draft, and people think they have an idea of what’s going on inside the Cavs front office? OK.

  • MrCleaveland

    These one-and-done college stars are sure making things tough on GMs. There are a few no-brainers, of course, but one year of play at some basketball powerhouse isn’t a lot on which to judge a guy who will be asked to reverse an NBA franchise’s fortunes. Very few 19- and 20-year-olds are equipped to handle that. Makes the draft a real crap shoot.

  • Chris McLafferty

    There is honestly no journalism nowadays

  • Josh Zelch

    No way Andy is worth a lottery pick, or has much value. He looks old and slow. He hit his peak last year and the cavs missed out on cashing in. Yes I remember the injury but they had time before them if they were tanking like they been.

  • Harv 21

    So they would dump the GM early in the season, after the draft and before most replacement candidates are available, because … ?

    Readers love poll cuz polls are fun. Early MVP candidate! Biggest Early Surprise! Biggest Early Disappointment! Coach of the Year! Top picks in April’s draft!

    Good stuff.

  • mgbode

    don’t forget the playoff standings. it’s playoffs or bust according to Ford, right? well, we’re tied for the 8th spot (but losing out right now on tiebreakers). stay tuned to see what the standings say on Nov. 20th!!!!

  • CB Everett

    Well that escalated quickly.

  • BenRM

    Obviously, it’s far too early to talk about almost any of this, but if Grant is let go at the end of the year, it’ll be because the execution of the plan was flawed.

    We have too many PFs (Tristan, Clark, Andy, Bennett)
    Our centers are undersized or coming off mega injuries, or both.
    It’s early, but there are questions about Waiters.
    It’s early, but there are serious questions about Bennett.
    Alonzo Gee.

    There’s a ton of time for these things to resolve themselves, but there is some fire beneath the smoke.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    I mean, that really got out of hand fast.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Alll of these points are valid. The Waiters point is valid from the standpoint that he’s been MIA for two games, however at this point Waiters has had the team’s best Simple Rating on 82games.com (not including Henry Sims, who hasn’t played much, and I know it’s still early). The Cavs have been 20.3 points better when Dion is on the court versus off the court. He’s been only mildly productive, but the guy he’s been guarding has been a good bit less productive… especially when he’s been the third guard in a three-guard lineup. The problem is that the whole Cavs team has stunk. Very few players on the Cavs have been better than the guys they have guarded.