Cavaliers Name Blanks, Grant Assistant General Managers

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CLEVELAND, July 9 – The Cleveland Cavaliers have named Lance Blanks and Chris Grant as assistant general managers, Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry announced today.

“We are thrilled to bring both of these guys to the organization,” Ferry said. “Both Lance and Chris are high quality people.”

Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Blanks served as the director of scouting for the San Antonio Spurs. He joined the Spurs in 2000 as a scout and was promoted to director of scouting in September of 2002. Also while in San Antonio, Blanks served as the Spurs television analyst during the 2004-005 season. He worked alongside Ferry in his final two years in San Antonio and won two NBA Championships as a member of the front office while with the Spurs. He was the 26th overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons and played in 142 career NBA games over three seasons.

“Lance will be instrumental to the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization,” Ferry said. “He is an intelligent, trustworthy and hard working person and he brings rich experience both as a former NBA player and a NBA executive. He and I had a great working relationship and friendship in San Antonio and I am looking forward to continuing both in Cleveland.”

Grant comes to Cleveland after spending the last nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. He joined the Hawks front office in 1996 and most recently served as Atlanta’s vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager which he was promoted to prior to the 2004-05 season. During his tenure in Atlanta he has served in various front office capacities including director of scouting, assistant scouting director, NBA advance scout, video coordinator and video intern. Grant played college basketball at the University of San Diego with current Cavaliers’ Head Coach Mike Brown.

“Chris is a great addition to the Cavs organization,” Ferry said. “His various experiences in Atlanta give him a great perspective on the running of an NBA franchise. I am excited that he decided to join us in Cleveland and I look forward to working with him in the years to come as we pursue the NBA Championship.”