New owner, new coach, and now ...

With a new owner in place, Cleveland's spring cleaning began with the firing of Paul Silas as coach last month, and its general manager appears to be not far behind.

Sources told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on Tuesday that Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert will fire general manager Jim Paxson within the next 48 hours.

The team released a statement from Gilbert after Cavs' loss to New Jersey addressing the report: "I don't think it makes sense for us to comment on the truth or the inaccuracy of rumors related to key positions in our organization."

One report in the Akron Beacon-Journal suggested that Gilbert has been talking to candidates for the GM job, including former NBA player and current ESPN NBA analyst Greg Anthony.

Asked about the reports on ESPN's "NBA Nation," Anthony said, "No comment. I don't know why a lot of this stuff has come about ... I'm very happy working here."

The Cavaliers, once a lock to make the playoffs with second-year phenom LeBron James, have lost eight of their last 12 games, including a 111-80 loss Tuesday to the Nets in Cleveland.

On March 21, Silas was fired as Cavs coach. He was replaced by longtime NBA assistant Brendan Malone, who was appointed interim coach.

At the time, Silas' dismissal came with 18 games left and the team clinging to the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs, at 38-35, are currently seventh in the East.

"You could kind of tell the way the air was, how things were going around here, there was going to have to be a change," said James, who scored a franchise-record 56 points one day after the firing. "I didn't know it was going to be this soon."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.