CLEVELAND — David Griffin’s run with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over after one championship and three straight journeys to the NBA Finals.
The common supervisor and workforce mutually parted methods on Monday when proprietor Dan Gilbert stated Griffin’s contract won’t be prolonged as soon as it expires June 30.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including most recently, his role in the franchise’s first NBA Championship,” Gilbert stated in a press release. “We have no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group, but we are confident our current front office will continue to aggressively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead.”
Griffin’s departure comes on the anniversary of the Cavs’ dramatic Game 7 win over Golden State, capping a historic comeback that gave Cleveland its first main skilled sports activities championship since 1964.
He’s additionally leaving three days earlier than the draft—the Cavs are at present and not using a decide—and on the eve of free company. Cleveland may have a busy summer season because it appears to revamp its roster after shedding to the Warriors in 5 video games on this 12 months’s Finals.
A workforce spokesman stated Trent Redden, the workforce’s senior vp of basketball operations, can also be not returning. Assistant common supervisor Koby Altman stays with the workforce and is part of a bunch overseeing draft preparation and commerce talks.
The Cavs have reportedly been contacted by the Indiana Pacers in a possible deal for All-Star Paul George, who will probably be a free agent after the 2017-18 season.
The 47-year-old Griffin had been Cleveland’s GM since May 2014. He took over the function on a full-time foundation after serving as an interim GM for 3 months following Chris Grant’s firing.
Griffin was in management in the course of the workforce’s return to prominence after LeBron James got here again from Miami. Griffin orchestrated the commerce that introduced All-Star Kevin Love from Minnesota, and he bolstered the Cavs’ roster with different trades and artful free agent signings.
However, maybe Griffin’s greatest transfer was firing coach David Blatt halfway by means of the 2015-16 season regardless of the Cavs being 30-11. Griffin didn’t suppose the Cavs have been enjoying with the fervour they wanted below Blatt, and he promoted assistant Tyronn Lue, who led the Cavs to their first title.
Although the workforce scuffled at instances throughout a disjointed 2016-17 season, James went out of his solution to reward Griffin, even campaigning to get him an extension after he pulled off a commerce to get Kyle Korver, one of many league’s greatest exterior shooters.
But regardless of Griffin’s many successes, Gilbert determined they wanted to go separate methods, ending a stretch of unprecedented accomplishments for the Cavs.
Griffin was the fourth GM to work for Gilbert, who purchased the franchise in 2005 and has remained deeply engaged in all points of his workforce. That hands-on strategy might have upset others, however Griffin appeared to search out the correct stability along with his boss.
Griffin, although, didn’t get an extension after the Cavs received the title final 12 months and he primarily labored as a lame duck throughout a generally turbulent 2016-17 season. Griffin was focused by Atlanta and Orlando for GM openings, however Gilbert didn’t grant these groups permission to talk with Griffin in the course of the playoffs. Those positions at the moment are stuffed.
When one other front-office emptiness in Milwaukee was lately stuffed, Griffin misplaced some leverage in his try to get a increase.
Still, there was hope Gilbert and Griffin may work out a deal, and the 2 met final week to debate this previous season and future plans.
They received’t be collectively.