After leading the Memphis Grizzlies to a 6-24 record through 30 games, Mike Fratello has become the first coaching casualty of the NBA season.
Where one door closes, however, another might open. At least in the minds of Cleveland fans.
Fratello is still fondly remembered in Cleveland, and still maintains ties to the area. Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry played for Fratello for six seasons.
If Mike Brown can't steady the Cavs' ship, expect the "Fratello to the Cavs" rumor machine to get warmed up in a hurry, for better or worse.