INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers fired General Manager Chris Grant on Thursday afternoon one day after an embarrassing loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the team confirmed.
The Cavs were 80-199 under Grant, who had the difficult task of rebuilding the franchise after the departure of LeBron James in the summer of 2010. That .287 winning percentage is the lowest in the NBA during that time.
The Cavs are a disappointing 16-33 this season, which began with playoff expectations.
"This has been a very difficult period for the franchise," owner Dan Gilbert said in a release. "We have severely underperformed against expectations. Just as this is completely unacceptable to our loyal and passionate fan base, season ticket holders and corporate partners, it is also just as unacceptable to our ownership group."
The team had four picks within the top four in the past three NBA drafts. None of the moves made last summer had the desired effect, including the drafting of Anthony Bennett with the first pick and the signings of free agents Andrew Bynum, Jarrett Jack and Earl Clark.
Grant, who has been part of the Cavs for the last 8 1/2 years, also fired coach Byron Scott at the end of last season and rehired Mike Brown.
"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," Grant said. "I have a tremendous appreciation for the players that are here and the coaches that I have worked with, as well as our front office. I thank them for all of their dedication and commitment to the Cavaliers."