HoopsHype Chris Grant rumors


February 1, 2014 Updates
January 29, 2014 Updates

One positive Cavs on Tuesday was the performance by rookie Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick. He scored a season-high 15 points in 31 minutes. Grant has taken some heat for not sending Bennett to the D-League to work on his game, but it seems the team's patience could be paying off. "I think the priority should be here for him working with our coaches, being on the floor getting those experiences," Grant said. "Last night was great. He performed well and played well and you could tell he was ready for the opportunity." ESPN.com

General Manager Chris Grant said Bennett has been working especially hard, coming in early, staying late and even working on off days. Said Bennett, "I have real high expectations for myself. The season didn't really start out well for me, but I've just got to keep working. I have great teammates around me, a great coaching staff, so I've just got to be in the gym every day and keep working.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

Whereas Brown talked about making unspecified changes after Tuesday's loss, Grant wasn't sure if there would be more changes in the team's roster going forward. The NBA trading deadline is Feb. 20. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 22, 2014 Updates

Rookie Anthony Bennett hasn't played in four games, but Brown still sounds as if he and GM Chris Grant are leaning toward keeping Bennett instead of sending him to the D-League to get in some work. "We have talked about it, but I haven’t gone real deep on it with Chris,'' Brown said. "There’s a lot of learning he can do here with the team, whether it’s home or away, whether it’s us game-planning for different teams, going to the practices throughout the course of this homestand, there are a lot of benefits he can get out of it. We’ve had discussions, but we’re not to the point where we’d send him.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 12, 2014 Updates

Hey, Chris and Ben: I asked Chris Grant if the Cavs would be looking to make another move this season. Here's what he had to say: "It's hard to predict. We've generally been pretty active. My preference is not to be active right now and let these guys settle in and learn [about] each other. But if a good opportunity presents itself, then sure we'll make another deal.'' I'm not sure the Pistons are ready to part with Smith and/or Monroe, and I don't think the Magic want to lose leading scorer Afflalo. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 7, 2014 Updates

Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant would like to keep newly acquired Luol Deng a Cavalier for a long, long time. "We're bringing him here and we'd like to keep him here long term,'' Grant said of Deng, who may or may not arrive here before Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia at The Q but likely will not play. "He's 28 years old. We see him as part of our core and our youth moving forward. We'll get through the season and get into those conversations at the appropriate time.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 28, 2013 Updates

Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today. Bynum did not travel with the team to Boston last night for the team’s game this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. vs. the Celtics and has been excused from all team activities indefinitely. His status will be updated as appropriate. NBA.com

December 18, 2013 Updates
November 25, 2013 Updates

Cleveland (0-3): There is something seriously wrong with the Cavs, something that needs to be addressed, immediately. They've already gone the team meeting route with little impact. Can't imagine owner Dan Gilbert's going to stand idly by much longer. It may be time for GM Chris Grant to pull the trigger on a chemistry-altering deal. NBA.com

November 24, 2013 Updates

Steve Kerr has been where Chris Grant is. Kerr, the former Cavalier who won five championships with Chicago and San Antonio in a 15-year playing career, served as president of basketball operations and general manager with the Phoenix Suns from 2007-10 before rejoining TNT as one of the cable network's most popular broadcasters. "I’ve been a GM and I know how hard that role is,'' Kerr said in a telephone interview with The Plain Dealer last week. "It’s very easy to all of a sudden be on the receiving end of criticism. It’s a really difficult position to be in. Obviously, in the end, we’re all in a results-driven league. Over time, Chris’s performance and the team’s performance will go hand-in-hand. "It’s way too early to definitively come out and say, 'Boy, this isn’t working.' Let’s give it some time. [No. 1 draft pick Anthony] Bennett is 10 games into his career, Dion Waiters is in his second year, I think [Tristan] Thompson is really developing and Kyrie [Irving] is a potential All-Star. They’ve done some good things, and I think it’s as simple as starting to win some games, and then the pressure will ease.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 23, 2013 Updates

Hey, Darryl: A week ago, I thought the Cavs were better off trying to work things out with the crew on hand, but now I'm not sure that's possible. General manager Chris Grant likes to make trades, and I've got to think he has been on the phone all week, but Houston has maintained it is not going to trade Asik. Regardless of whether the Rockets change their minds, I think if the Cavs make changes, they likely will come in the backcourt and/or on the perimeter. Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 22, 2013 Updates

As bad as it is in New York, a far messier situation exists in Cleveland, where Chris Grant's tenure as GM is on shaky ground, league sources say. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, who has made exactly five baskets in 110 minutes, may well have been pushed on draft night by coach Mike Brown. But Cavs owner Dan Gilbert just hired Brown for a second tour of duty and committed $20 million to him. Brown's recent indictment of the entire roster -- "We didn't compete," he said after a demoralizing loss to the Wizards on Wednesday night -- was awfully telling. We know Kyrie Irving is talented, but now we'll find out if he can be a leader, too. Right now, there doesn't appear to be one of those on the roster that Grant has assembled. CBSSports.com

October 25, 2013 Updates
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September 14, 2013 Updates

Hey, Chris: I don't think Chris Grant is in any danger of losing his job. By and large, his draft choices have performed well and he has pulled off some trades that significantly improved the team, like sending Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the Clippers for a No. 1 pick that became Kyrie Irving, an All-Star in his second season. The Cavs were the only team in the league to have three players taking part in the USA Basketball minicamp -- Irving, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller. A fourth -- Tristan Thompson -- is playing for Canada's national team, and a fifth -- Sergey Karasev -- is playing for Russia's national team. I like the gamble he took on Andrew Bynum because if he's healthy he's a steal, and if he's not the Cavs are only on the hook for this season. I'm not sure how you can blame the general manager for three straight season-ending injuries suffered by Anderson Varejao. Cleveland Plain Dealer

August 16, 2013 Updates

If healthy, he could return to his former status as the league's second-most valuable center. If not, the Cavs and their fans won't get much solace from reminding themselves they'll save $18 million of the $24 million Bynum's two-year deal theoretically is worth. So far, so good, though it's only August. "I have absolutely been blown away by his approach," Grant said. "Literally, [from] the day we signed him, the next day he was here and he has been here every day but Sunday working. During this rehab, this progression, obviously we have a very detailed plan that he's been on and he's following it to a T." NBA.com

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