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Cleveland Cavaliers fire GM Chris Grant
Team owner Dan Gilbert calls the team's current situation "acceptable"
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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In 2010, on the heels of LeBron James' departure, the Cavaliers promoted Chris Grant (left) to General Manager, and hired a new head coach, Byron Scott
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired General Manager Chris Grant, just hours after the team lost to an injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports on the latest move by a team that’s been described as “dysfunctional.”
Cleveland Cavaliers fire GM Chris Grant

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Chris Grant was promoted to GM in 2010, just weeks after the team fell out of the playoffs, and a month before LeBron James announced his departure for the Miami Heat. Cavaliers' VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin has been named acting GM.

During Grant's tenure, the team has not returned to the playoffs, despite a number of first-round draft picks. The Cavaliers are 16-33, the fourth-worst record in the NBA. The team has only one win at home in the past month, over Milwaukee-- which has the worst record in the NBA.

In a statement, team owner Dan Gilbert called this a difficult time for the franchise, adding that the situation is "completely unacceptable" to fans, season-ticket holders, corporate partners and Cavs' ownership.

Grant was instrumental in rehiring coach Mike Brown, who led the team in the LeBron James era.

Chris Grant’s firing comes on the heels of a 119-108 loss to the L.A. Lakers, who finished the game with just five players.
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