Cavs and David Griffin to part ways after contract

If you were excited about the potential for Paul George to become the next member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, prepare to be grounded by the news that the team and its championship-winning general manager will part ways after his contract ends on June 30.

Brian Windhorst was the first to report the news:

Though it was thought to be a possibility given the demand surrounding Griffin heading into this summer, the lack of job openings and the desire to continue improving the Cavaliers’ roster in recent days was thought to signal a sea change for the organization. Griffin had been a subject of desire for the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks, both teams reportedly willing to make him President of Operations, only to fill their vacancies as the Cavs played in to June.

Nevertheless, it appears that team owner Dan Gilbert will move on to his fifth general manager since owning the team.1 This, of course, on the one-year anniversary of Game 7, during a crucial stretch of weeks that could decide the future of the franchise when it comes to remaining in contention for another championship.

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, former Detroit Piston (surprise!) Chauncey Billups is expected to emerge as a candidate to not only fill Griffin’s spot, but hire his replacement.

Stay tuned.

  1. Griffin’s right-hand man Trent Redden, who was also up for renewal, will not be retained. []