Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Cavs, GM Griffin to part after 3 straight NBA Finals trips

Griffin's departure will continue a trend for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who has never signed a GM to a second contract since purchasing the team in March 2005. Griffin was with the Cavs for three seasons and in those years helped the Cavs win a championship title.

Gilbert continued saying that the Cavaliers did not have an announcement regarding new leadership but said they are still exploring options. He parted with multiple picks to land Timofey Mozgov in a move that proved crucial to Cleveland's run to the 2015 Finals, he fleeced NY for J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, and he made the critical decision to dump unbearable coach David Blatt midway through the 2015-16 season. He added, "I am excited for my next challenge in the National Basketball Association, however Dan and I know that the Cavaliers are a team built on the concept of fit and are now at the point where the fit is not right for us to continue with one another". His "we got us 1" also seems to exclude Gilbert's role in the success of the Cavs, as it should. Gilbert reportedly did not consult LeBron in making the Griffin decision.

It should be mentioned that Gilbert and James have had minimal contact since the 2 met in Miami in July 2014 prior to James" return in which Gilbert apologized for the scathing letter he wrote following "The Decision' in the summer of 2010. Thanks for what you did for the team for three years!

However, perhaps Griffin's biggest move was firing coach David Blatt midway through the 2015-16 season despite the Cavs being 30-11. Keeping Griffin -who's been one of the most stable components in recent years for a historically creaky franchise - would have made too much sense. The Cavaliers reportedly denied Griffin permission to speak with Orlando, Milwaukee, and Atlanta about their openings in the front office.

Letting Griffin go comes at a tricky time with the NBA Draft only three days away and the Cavs linked to trades for Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler.

Still, there was hope Gilbert and Griffin could work out a deal, and the two met last week to discuss this past season and future plans.

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