LeBron tweets honest thank-you to ex-Cavs GM
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 21:44
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 major professional sports championship since 1964.
The general manager and team mutually parted ways on Monday when owner David Gilbert said Griffin's contract will not be extended once it expires June 30.
Gilbert continued saying that the Cavaliers did not have an announcement regarding new leadership but said they are still exploring options.
But how will the vision of the Cavs will change if Billups does come on board and replace Griffin?
And much like 2010 when Gilbert gambled by firing Mike Brown as head coach because he thought that would help keep James in Cleveland, Gilbert's latest decision may have backfired - again.
But all plans were thrown asunder next following month when James announced he was leaving Miami after four seasons and returning to Cleveland.
James took to Twitter after the news broke, thanking Griffin for all he did since James returned to Cleveland in 2014. Via ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin, in Gilbert's 12-plus years as owner of the Cavs, he has never agreed to a contract extension with any of his general managers.
Griffin, though, did not get an extension after the Cavs won the title previous year and he essentially worked as a lame duck during a sometimes turbulent 2016-17 season.
And Chicago's Jimmy Butler, who like George could serve in a forward or backcourt role depending on needs, is also being eyed by the Cavaliers, according to ESPN, which says both clubs are looking for a third team to facilitate a deal. James" camp was naturally "surprised" with the move, as per ESPN's Ryen Rusillo, and that James himself was "disappointed" and "concerned' with the implications of this move on the Cavs' future, according to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck.
He promoted assistant Tyronn Lue and the Cavs went on to win the National Basketball Association championship. Griffin also shrewdly made trades to bring in players such as J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Timofey Mozgov, Kyle Korver, and Deron Williams.
David Griffin's uncertain future was becoming a problem in negotiations with other teams.