Grant’s firing comes the night after the Cavs were demolished by a severely depleted Los Angeles Lakers team. The Cavaliers played uninspired for most of the night and, even as the Lakers had only four active players and were playing Robert Sacre with the penalty of a technical foul after he fouled out, suffered a brutal loss.
The Cavaliers have been mightily struggling throughout the 2013-14 NBA season with nothing seeming to work for them. Kyrie Irving has put up solid counting numbers, but he’s not shown the level of progression that some expected him to. Meanwhile, the Luol Deng trade that sent Andrew Bynum out of town, has failed to have the expected effect on the team’s effort and their defense.
Cleveland came into the season with expectations of making the postseason, but that has been far from realized. The Cavs currently sit at 16-33 on the season and are in 12th place in the struggling Eastern Conference. A large part of that is due to the majority of the offseason moves made by Grant and the Cavs’ front office this summer not working out, including Bynum and their draft picks.
Make no mistake, Grant’s dismissal is far from a reaction to this season alone. Grant has received plenty of criticism over the years for his free agency decisions and, to a mixed jury, his drafting.
The firing of Grant is a bit surprising in its timing, but not so much considering the Cavs’ situation and recent rumblings regarding owner Dan Gilbert. Recent reports have said that Gilbert was ready to block any deals that Grant would make leading up to the Feb. 20 NBA Trade Deadline that seemed to be an effort to save his job. In the end, though, that’s no longer a worry as Grant now doesn’t have a job to save.