April 9, 2013
On Saturday, April 27th, former USD men's basketball player Christopher Grant '94 (BA), `96 (MEd) will receive the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award by the College of Arts and Sciences at the annual Alumni Honors event being held at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Grant will be one of nine USD alumni being recognized that evening. To register to attend Alumni Honors 2013, visit Alumni Honors or call (619) 260-7889. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is $75 per person.
Chris Grant was named the ninth general manager in Cleveland Cavaliers history on June 4, 2010. He originally joined the franchise as the club's vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager in July 2005.
As general manager, Grant leads the basketball operations department in all day-to-day activities of the team, including overseeing all aspects of scouting, basketball personnel, player acquisitions and the operations of the Cavaliers exclusive NBA Development League affiliate, the Canton Charge. In addition to those responsibilities, he also supervises the athletic performance training team that cares for the medical needs and physical development of each player. Community involvement is also integral to Grant's focus with the team and he guides the player appearance committee (PAC) for the business side of the Cavs organization.
Since being named general manager, Grant has reorganized the team's front office and committed to building a roster toward creating long-term success. First, he chose a proven leader and winner when he named Byron Scott as the Cavs head coach on July 1, 2010. Grant then began acquiring numerous draft picks, including the Los Angeles Clippers' 2011 first round pick, which secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery for Cleveland. Grant selected Kyrie Irving, who went on to win the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year award. In the same draft, he selected Tristan Thompson, who earned all-rookie second team honors.
In his previous role as vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager, Grant led the process of organizing and preparing for the NBA Draft and maintaining the basketball operations budget. In addition, he worked closely with the team's general manager in player contract negotiations, trade discussions and procurement of players and the overall day-to-day operations of the team. Grant spearheaded the design and construction of the Cavaliers' state-of-the-art player development center, Cleveland Clinic Courts, which opened at the start of the 2007 season. The 55,000 square foot facility is one of the most technologically advanced team development centers in pro sports.
Community involvement is also integral to Grant's focus. He guides the player appearance committee for the business side of the organization. In 2011, he joined the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Leadership Council, as well as the national advisory board of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit organization that transforms the culture of youth sports by giving all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience.
Prior to joining the Cavaliers, he spent the previous nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks where he was promoted in 2004 to the position of vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager. In his nine years with the Hawks, Grant held six different positions including video intern, video coordinator, advance scout, assistant director of scouting, director of scouting and vice president/assistant general manager.
Grant, a graduate of the University of San Diego, earned a degree in psychology. He also received a master's degree in educational leadership from USD. Grant spent three seasons on the school's basketball team after transferring from Canada Junior College. He and his wife, Kelly, have three sons, Cameron, Boden and Hudson.