Cleveland Cavaliers, David Griffin part ways after incredible run

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson expressed shock over the departure of general manager David Griffin, likening him to Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein.

There has been plenty of news emerging as we get closer to the NBA Draft. ESPN.com reported Gilbert did not consult with the 32-year-old James on Griffin's future with the organization.

During the playoffs, Griffin drew interest from other teams, but Atlanta, Orlando and Milwaukee have filled GM vacancies.

The Cavaliers announced it was a mutual decision.

A person familiar with the talks says Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert met with former National Basketball Association star Chauncey Billups about a position in Cleveland's front office.

Griffin and Gilbert met last week - after the Cavaliers were beaten in five games by the Warriors - to review the season and discuss their future together. Gilbert said in a statement Monday, June 19, 2017, that the Cavaliers will not extend Griffin's current contract when it expires June 30.

Griffin's departure was announced just hours after numerous reports surfaced that IN had contacted the Cavs about a possible trade for small forward Paul George, who will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2017-18 season and has reportedly told the Pacers he will not re-sign with them.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today later added that James was "surprised" by the decision to part ways with Griffin.

Monday afternoon Griffin reportedly was in talks to try and swing a 3-team trade to acquire Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls and there had also been conversations with in for Paul George, who has told the Pacers he will not re-sign next summer. Griffin performed salary cap magic in order to work around the bloated salaries of Thompson and Smith, both of whom were paid above market value due to their relationship with James.

Besides this upcoming season all eyes are also on what will happen next summer if Cleveland fails to win another National Basketball Association title as superstar Lebron James is a free agent and according to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, James may be heading to the West Coast to team up with his friends in Los Angeles.

"We shouldn't be shocked after we fired our head coach when we were in first place in the middle of the season", Jefferson said Tuesday, referring to David Blatt's dismissal in January 2016. West and LeBron have built connections in the past years given their shared experiences, and that relationship could be instrumental for James to join West.

In his early years, Irving struggled with injuries, but just one season ago, it was his last-minute 3-pointer that served as the game-winning points in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Griffin is the fourth GM to work for Gilbert since 2005.

  • Stacy Allen