By: Chase FitzgeraldWhen Chris Grant became GM of the Cavaliers, he started a three year rebuilding plan. Well that's now over and this is the year where the Cavaliers should start showing results. If they don't, well Chris Grant may very well find himself in the unemployment line. Well I'm here to tell you that even if the Cavs don't make the playoffs, Chris Grant should keep his job because he is not only a very good GM, but probably the best in the league. Here's why
When he got to Cleveland, he literally had no assets. No young players to build around, no draft picks, and just a bunch of old veterans way past their prime with big contracts. Instead of freaking out and signing a bunch of mediocre free agents to huge contracts just so they can barely make the playoffs to try to make the fan base happy, he instead did the hard thing and just let the Cavs tank. He didn't sign any free agents and just waited and kept working on his master plan. He continued to play the lottery and trade for assets. I mean for God's sake he turned Mo Williams into Kyrie Irving. He collected a vast amount of young players all with huge potential. He has turned the Cavaliers into one of the most promising teams in the league and It is absolutely incredible how quickly he has accomplished that.
Even for a young and inexperienced GM, he never freaks out under pressure. If the right deal isn't there, he doesn't do it. He doesn't force anything and you know what they say; second mouse always gets the cheese. Last year when the entire cleveland fan base was wanting Bynum and there was so much pressure on him to make a move, he instead felt that the right deal wasn't there and backed out. Everyone started asking for his head and wanted him gone but Chris Grant knew what was best for the Cavaliers. The sixers then filled the Cavs place and completely lost that trade with Bynum not playing a single game. Now the Cavs have Bynum, without giving up any assets and for a huge discountan. You go Chris Grant.
Personally, my favorite thing about Chris Grant is that he doesn't give a shit about what anyone thinks. Instead of drafting a highly proclaimed player he instead drafts an undersized power forward barely projected in the lottery. Immediately, everyone saw him as an idiot but he held his ground. He honestly couldn't care less about the criticism. Last year, he drafted at number 4 a shooting guard who didn't even start in college and wasn't projected in the lottery in some drafts. He ended up being named first team all-rookie. This year, all the spot light on Nerlens Noel. Perfect fit for the Cavs. Grant pretty much stuck his middle finger up to the critics and drafted another undersized power forward projected out of the top five at number 1. Each one of these guys has the potential to be a star. What other team in the league has 4 players under 23 all with the potential to be all stars?
So to summarize, Chris Grant should not only keep his job but be praised for saving the Cavaliers and bringing them back to relevance. He has made the Cavaliers the most exciting team in the NBA and I think every Cavaliers' fan owes him a big thank you.