The Hawks are in “serious talks” to add former Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant as a senior adviser, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Grant, 50, served as GM of the Cavs from 2011-14. He has since worked as a scout and executive with the Spurs.
Prior to joining the Cavs, Grant held several different positions within the Hawks’ basketball operations department, including assistant GM. He then joined the Cavs’ front office under Danny Ferry in 2005.
The Hawks have been undergoing several front-office changes, with former GM Travis Schlenk being bumped to an advisory role. Landry Fields was promoted to the GM job, and at 34-years old, is one of the league’s youngest basketball executives.
While with the Cavs, Grant drafted the likes of Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, both key members of the 2016 championship team. But he also selected Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, with Bennett becoming one of the most disappointing prospects in recent history.
Bennett was, however, later used as a piece to help facilitate the trade for Kevin Love, another key part of the Cavs’ championship core and a veteran reserve with the team today.
Grant also hired coach Mike Brown a second time ahead of the 2013-14 season. But Grant was fired by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert later that year after a brutal home loss to the Lakers, and Brown wasn’t far behind.
Five months after Grant was fired in 2014, LeBron James returned to Cleveland, though those two things were never related.
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— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 17, 2023