Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have dismissed general manager Chris Grant after the team dropped to a 16-33 record this season.
The Cavs are currently in a six-game losing streak, dimming their playoff hopes that were earlier promised by team owner Dan Gilbert before the season.
Earlier, Grant shouldered some of the blame for the Cavaliers’ poor season and addressed the team’s “unacceptable” lack of effort after a 1-4 homestand.
“We’re all accountable for it, including myself,” he said at the time. “It’s frustrating. It’s disappointing to our fans. The fans deserve better.”
Some of Grant’s moves since last summer have not worked for the team, including the drafting of Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick.
Also, the free agent signings of Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bynum, and a recent trade for Luol Deng has failed to turn the team’s season around.
Grant was a driving force in re-hiring coach Mike Brown last year and the team has not responded to the change. Recently their lack of effort in games has brought Brown under fire as well.
The Cavs hit their lowest point this season Wednesday after losing to an injury-depleted Los Angeles Lakers team that finished the game with only four eligible players.
The Cavs focused on the draft after losing LeBron James in free agency in 2010 and Grant worked to get six first round draft picks over the past three years.
Aside from Kyrie Irving, who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, those picks have failed to turn the team around as they are on pace to miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season.
Grant, who was named general manager in 2010, had one season left on his contract.