The Cleveland Cavaliers were beaten by what was technically a four-man Los Angeles Lakers team on Wednesday night, and on Thursday afternoon they fired their general manager Chris Grant. The loss to a Lakers team that didn’t even have enough players was the straw that broke Dan Gilbert’s back, but now the task is to fill Grant’s seat with someone who can turn the team around.
According to Alex Kennedy from Basketball Insiders, that guy may be TNT analyst Kenny Smith.
I’m hearing that Kenny Smith may be a candidate for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ general manager job. David Griffin is the interim GM.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 7, 2014
Smith was in there inning for the Sacramento Kings GM job when it was open recently, but ultimately wasn’t hired. Based on what he said at the time about the potential of working in the Kings front office, Smith sounds interested in returning to the NBA in some way, whether it be coaching or in the front office.
If Smith wants a coaching job, that position might be open with Cavs pretty soon as well, because the heads are starting to roll in Cleveland.