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.