General Manager David Griffin of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to the guests at the 2017 NBA Finals Cares Legacy Project as part of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 8, 2017 at Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland at East Tech High School in Cleveland, Ohio. 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.
According to reports, negotiations broke down despite James telling ESPN in April that Griffin deserved a new contract.
Cleveland Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert released the following statement on Monday. 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. Between the Butler rumors and the team’s pursuit of a rental of Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, they’re looking at all angles for a possible fix to their Warriors problem.
The Cavs were dumped in five games in the NBA Finals.
It seems drastic for the Cavaliers to make a deal with Irving involved, but with the big names they’re looking to bring in for one final hoorah against the Warriors, they may need to move some serious cap room to give LeBron James some support on the court. Billups interviewed for the Hawks GM position last month.
Sam Amico, whose reporting on the Cavs has been ahead of the curve over the past year, could not answer that question, but he did note that Griffin’s stance was to not include Irving in trade talks.
But all plans were thrown asunder next following month when James announced he was leaving Miami after four seasons and returning to Cleveland. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical subsequently reported that Gilbert was “targeting Chauncey Billups to become Cavs’ top basketball executive”.
The new general manager will be the fifth since Gilbert bought the club in 2005.