The Cleveland Cavaliers fired their general manager on Thursday which has everyone in the Cavs organization on notice. One of the guys who many people assume is sweating bullets is head coach Mike Brown, as the head coach is usually the first guy to go when things go bad.
Cleveland firing Chris Grant on Thursday instead of firing head coach Mike Brown signaled something significant that fans are overlooking — Mike Brown isn’t gong anywhere because he has a massive contract with the Cavs. Brown has a four year deal with Cleveland that would cost owner Dan Gilbert considerable coin to get out of.
Jabari Davis from Basketball Insiders agrees, stating that you can’t just get rid of a guy you handed a fat contract to not long ago.
I can definitely see the Cavs looking to make significant moves, because I think they have a terrible mix. Not terrible players, but simply a group of guys that don’t fit together, and don’t fit the system of Mike Brown’s choice. You just gave Brown a 5-year deal, so I’m not sure you can just get rid of him.
You can have change in an organization and not fire the head coach — at least not yet. Brown’s grace period won’t last forever and it may not even last the rest of this season. But for now he has an opportunity to redeem himself and he’d best take it deathly serious because his job very much depends on it.