After guiding the team through its most successful stretch, Griffin mutually parted ways with the Cavs as owner Dan Gilbert said the GM's contract will not be extended once it expires June 30. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert did not consult with James before making this decision, and it affected the small forward. All of that while under intense scrutiny and pressure with LeBron James returning to the fold. If you want to read between the lines based on Gilbert's history, he simply did not value Griffin enough to retain him.
James sent a tweet late Monday night. The announcement coincided with the one-year anniversary of Cleveland's 93-89 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. James even campaigned to get Griffin an extension after he pulled off a trade to get Kyle Korver, one of the league's best outside shooters. But, that's natural with Gilbert, who almost cost the team a LeBron reunion after burning almost every bridge with him after he left for Miami. And while LeBron James clearly wasn't happy about the decision, one Cavs player told ESPN: "It speaks to the uncertainty of the business of basketball". But Gilbert and team management saw otherwise, fueling speculation of another James exit from Cleveland when he enters free agency in 2018. Maybe Griffin recognized that and wanted to bring in some more versatile players who could better hang with Golden State, such as Paul George and/or Jimmy Butler. Whoever the new general manager will be, whether it's a tandem of Billups and Zanik or not, will more than likely have less power under Gilbert and have difficulty with established front offices due to inexperience. "We got us 1". Ever since he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2014, James has had his fingerprints over the majority of the moves the franchise has made.
Sources say the Cavs and general manager David Griffin will part ways.
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Griffin will have no problem finding future employment, though the three teams he was linked to - Orlando, Atlanta and Milwaukee - when in April rumors his days here were numbered, have already found general managers.
Pluto likens the general manager of an National Basketball Association team to the conductor of an orchestra.