Struggling Cleveland fire general manager Grant

Thu Feb 6, 2014 5:02pm EST
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(Reuters) - Not much has gone right for the Cleveland Cavaliers since their favorite son, LeBron James, left in 2010 to join the Miami Heat and on Thursday general manager Chris Grant was fired following the team's poor start to the season.

The Cavaliers have stumbled to a 16-33 record, after six straight losses, to sit fourth-last in the 15-team Eastern Conference standings and there have been rumblings of dissent among the players.

"This has been a very difficult period for the franchise. We have severely underperformed against expectations," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement.

"There is no one in our entire organization who is satisfied with our performance, and to say that we are disappointed is an understatement," Gilbert added.

"We believe a change in leadership was necessary to establish the best possible culture and environment for our entire team to flourish."

Cleveland's most recent defeat was their most embarrassing, going down 119-108 on Wednesday at home to the injury-hit Los Angeles Lakers, who had arrived in Cleveland on a seven-game losing streak and had only enough players to finish the game when Robert Sacre was permitted to play under a little-used NBA rule after fouling out.

David Griffin, Cleveland's vice president of basketball operations, has been appointed acting general manager.

Grant, who joined the franchise in July 2005, was named general manager of the Cavaliers on June 4, 2010 following Danny Ferry's resignation.

"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," said Grant.   Continued...