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Updated: Chris Grant fired as GM of Cavaliers

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Multiple media outlets have reported that according to “league sources,” Dan Gilbert has fired Chris Grant as the General Manager of the Cavs. Andrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.com comments, here.

Gilbert had grown increasingly frustrated with the losing and dysfunction within the Cavaliers and the loss to the Lakers – who finished the game with four eligible players – was the breaking point…

The Plain Dealer counters, that the Cavaliers have yet to confirm the firing.  We will update as news filters in.

Update (2:06pm): Team sources confirm that Grant has been fired and assistant GM David Griffin has been promoted to Acting General Manager.  https://twitter.com/PDcavsinsider/status/431503723618390016

Update (2:24pm): Cavs release statements from Dan Gilbert. Some of the statements have been reprinted below.

This has been a very difficult period for the franchise. We have severely underperformed against expectations. Just as this is completely unacceptable to our loyal and passionate fan base, season ticket holders and corporate partners, it is also just as unacceptable to our ownership group. I can assure everyone who supports and cares about the Cleveland Cavaliers that we will continue to turn over every stone and explore every possible opportunity for improvement to shift the momentum of our franchise in the right direction. There is no one in our entire organization who is satisfied with our performance, and to say that we are disappointed is an understatement. We all know the great potential of our young talent, seasoned veterans, as well as our recent all-star addition. We believe a change in leadership was necessary to establish the best possible culture and environment for our entire team to flourish.

There is no move, nor any amount of capital investment, we will not make if we believe it will improve our chances of competing and winning in this league for both the short and long term. The fans of this great city have invested too much time, money and effort for the kind of product we have recently delivered to them. This must change.

Also, Jason Lloyd gives us statements from Chris Grant.

My entire focus the past eight years has been on trying to build a team that can contend and win and provide Cleveland fans the success that they deserve… I have a tremendous appreciation for the players that are here and the coaches that I have worked with, as well as our front office. I thank them for all of their dedication and commitment to the Cavaliers.

Breaking — Deng to the Cavs for Bynum

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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ESPN’S Brian Windhorst is reporting that the Cavs have traded Andrew Bynum and a future first round draft pick to the Bulls for Luol Deng. As was reported yesterday, the Cavs will probably have to waive any physicals to get this thing in under the wire (5 PM EST, Wednesday).

–Update–

More info, from the Cavs press release, here.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired All-Star forward Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for center Andrew Bynum, three future draft picks and the right to swap 2015 first round picks with the Cavs (1-14 protected), Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced tonight from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

“We are very excited for Luol to join the Cavaliers organization, ” said Grant. “We have worked to acquire and maintain flexibility in order to capitalize on opportunities such as this. Luol reflects all that we are striving for in building our team. He’s a tremendous defensive player that can impact the game on both ends of the court with a team first mentality and is a high character leader.”

In exchange for Deng, the Cavs send Chicago Bynum, Cleveland’s right to the Sacramento King’s first round draft pick conveyed in a June 30, 2011 deal, the right for Chicago to swap its own 2015 first round draft pick with the Cavs own 2015 first round draft pick (only in the case that the Cleveland 2015 first round draft pick is between 15 and 30) and the Portland Trail Blazer’s 2015 and 2016 second round draft picks acquired from the Trail Blazers via a 2013 draft night trade.

–Update II–

Apparently, @ShamsCharania of RealGM.com broke this story, scooping all the major beat reporters and news outlets.  Well done, Shams.

Also, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the last rejected Bulls extension offer for Deng was around 3 years/$30 Million, or 4 years/$40 Million.  So the Cavs are going to have to pay more than that to extend Mr. Deng.

As Twitter pages for NBA players go, you couldn’t ask for a better one than this, @LuolDeng9.  Almost every link is for charity work.  I’m sure they’ll miss him in Chicago.