Jan 14, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (3), center Anderson Varejao (17), small forward Luol Deng (9) and point guard Kyrie Irving (2) walk off the court in the fourth quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Cleveland Cavaliers won 120-118. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers don't think they have to make a trade


The Cleveland Cavaliers finally severed ties with General Manager Chris Grant, firing him on Thursday.

That thrust David Griffin into the tough spot as the interim General Manager of a team in turmoil.

On Sunday, Grant met with the media and told reporters he did not believe the Cavaliers have to make a trade before the deadline.

“I want to do that which puts us in the best position to be successful,” Griffin told reporters via Bob Finan of the News-Herald and Morning Journal. “We’ll analyze every opportunity and we’ll look for every opportunity that does that for us.”

Griffin also doesn’t expect the Cavaliers to be sellers.

“I don’t see how you get better and win more games selling,” Griffin explained. “We’re going to buy to the extent that it makes us better for the long haul. I don’t think we’re going to do anything that’s an act of desperation. I think we’re going to be willing to buy the right asset at the right price. We are dedicated 100 percent from top to bottom to getting better and that’s what we’re going to do.”

That’s easy to say now, but Luol Deng almost certain not to return, it could be difficult to pass on trades with the future in mind.

Tags: Chris Grant Cleveland Cavaliers David Griffin Dion Waiters Luol Deng

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