The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to part ways with general manager David Griffin. Yes, after three-straight trips to the NBA Finals and the franchise’s first championship in 2016, Griffin is out of a job.
The Cavs and general manager David Griffin will part ways according to sources
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 19, 2017
Griffin and the Cavs hadn’t come to an agreement on a contract extension and didn’t seem to be on the same page concerning a path forward for the franchise.
Sources: As David Griffin departs as Cavs — “Just couldn’t agree on future,” source says – Chauncey Billups expected to emerge as candidate
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 19, 2017
Griffin said it was like “jumping into a burning building” when hired after LeBron left. It might feel the same next year for his successor. https://t.co/iaX2QWEsRL
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) June 19, 2017
LeBron James and much of the NBA world were in shock as the Cavs are in the middle of negotiations to try and land Pacers superstar Paul George. According to several reports, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert did not consult LeBron about firing Griffin and Bron isn’t happy about it.
Dan Gilbert didn’t consult with LeBron James prior to parting with David Griffin, sources said. James had advocated for Griffin extension
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 20, 2017
Source: LeBron is “disappointed” at Griffin’s departure, as well as the timing, & “concerned” abt what this portends for Cavs going forward.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 20, 2017
If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland! Thanks for what u did for the team for 3 yrs! We got us 1🏆
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 20, 2017
This is massive news as one of the NBA’s biggest weeks is just getting under way, and probably not a smart move on Gilbert’s part considering the rumors about LeBron leaving for the Clippers after next season are heating up.
Griffin should be highly sought-after by other teams. He is clearly a competent executive who did really solid work with the Cavs.