Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Cavs, GM Griffin to part after 3 straight NBA Finals trips

Cavs, GM Griffin to part after 3 straight NBA Finals trips

Owner Dan Gilbert released a statement saying that the two sides "mutually chose to not extend David's current contract".

Cleveland Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert released the following statement on Monday.

Griffin and Gilbert met to discuss the future course of the franchise in the days following the Cavs' season-ending Game 5 loss to the Warriors on June 12, and apparently had different visions on how to go forward.

A half-hour before midnight, LeBron James tweeted his appreciation of Cleveland's ex-GM David Griffin, who stepped down Monday evening after 3 years at the helm.

After losing in five games to the Warriors in the NBA Finals last week, the Cavaliers have been aggressive in working on upgrading their roster.

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Meanwhile, James LeBron, whose opinion is assumed to matter a lot to the Cleveland Cavaliers, was not consulted regarding the end of the deal between Griffin and Gilbert. And usually, when James wants something done in Cleveland, it happens.

In fact, James had advocated for a contract extension for Griffin in April, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin, saying "it makes no sense why [Griffin] shouldn't get an extension". But Gilbert and team management saw otherwise, fueling speculation of another James exit from Cleveland when he enters free agency in 2018. "We got us 1 (trophy)", wrote James on his Twitter account. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical subsequently reported that Gilbert was "targeting Chauncey Billups to become Cavs' top basketball executive".

- Griffin believed he wouldn't be long for the Cavs job, so there was mutual interest between him and the Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, all of whom might have given him a better title with more money and more power. Those included replacing former head coach David Blatt with Lue and then trading for J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov during the 2014-15 season, as well as acquiring three-point specialist Kyle Korver this season. National Basketball Association writer Howard Beck said that James was "concerned" about what the decision portends for the Cavs going forward. The fact that Gilbert did not renew Griffin's contract is a weird move from an owner who has had public conflict with his best player.

While he is just a player and has no control over the team, James is the best player in the league and his impact on the team is tremendous, so it will be interesting to see how this will play out. Irving made $17.6 million this past season and is owed $60 million over the next three years.

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