Dan Gilbert remains in a wheelchair following his stroke in May of 2019 and has taken a less active role with the Cleveland Cavaliers while recovering. One of Gilbert's sons, Grant Gilbert, is currently the team's director of content and brand strategy at the age of 23.
According to The Athletic, Grant Gilbert "is on the fast track as his father's heir apparent" to run the Cavaliers.
Grant Gilbert also consults with the basketball operations side to be "in the know" on their plans.
“That’s not my everyday focus,” Grant Gilbert said. “I’m not making decisions and planning my life based on that. There are a lot of things I want to do. I’m sure there are a lot of things I don’t know that I want to do that, hopefully, I’ll end up doing. But in terms of staying engaged and helping impact and being involved (with the Cavs), that’s something I want to do for the rest of my life.”
“He’s definitely gonna take over,” said one source, who does business constantly with Cavs’ basketball operations. “His dad’s not able, and he’s the next in line.”
“Gilbert’s son is running the show behind the scenes,” said a second league source.
“Grant’s trying to take a bigger role,” said a third source with knowledge of the Cavs’ operations. “But (he has) zero experience.”
The Cavaliers "vigorously refuted this" sentiment.