Cavs, GM Griffin part after 3 straight NBA Finals trips
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 7:48
The 51-year-old Kerr returned from a six-week absence for Game 2 of the NBA Finals and coached the rest of the way as Golden State won its second championship in three seasons.
According to reports, negotiations broke down despite James telling ESPN in April that Griffin deserved a new contract. The loss of James would immediately take the Cavaliers out of championship contention and possibly even put them on the bubble as a playoff team in the Eastern Conference.
Wojnarowski cited Billups's relationship with Gilbert and Cleveland Coach Tyronn Lue, whose own career as an National Basketball Association point guard overlapped with that of Billups, as factors that could land him a job in which he would hire the team's newest GM.
There were growing signs in recent months that Griffin's run as GM would end after three seasons.
Griffin said in a statement that Cavs is a team built largely on fit, but at this point, the fit is no longer right for them to continue together. The two reportedly had been trying to strike a deal before the deadline, but Griffin's contract demands and Gilbert's hesitation caused tension in the front office.
Just one year ago to date, the Cavaliers celebrated its first NBA Championship in franchise history. Irving didn't completely blossom until LeBron James returned to the team, yet it is now being reported that teams are inquiring about the 25-year-old All-Star.
Gilbert did not consult James, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, before deciding to go in a different direction, as the cliché goes. Join Terry Pluto, columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m.in the Main Library Auditorium as he presents his book, "The Comeback: LeBron, The Cavs & Cleveland".
"He's been a big piece of it".
At least this proves James isn't running the show.
More candidates will appear over the coming days, but for the time being, this is a pivotal period for the Cavs as they look to ensure their future as a contender in the National Basketball Association.