The Cleveland Cavaliers and general manager David Griffin will part ways effective immediately, as the two sides could not come to an agreement on a future, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. An early candidate that is emerging for vacancy is former NBA guard Chauncey Billups, per Wojnarowski.
The team also parted ways with assistant general manager Trent Redden, per David Aldridge of NBA.com
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert released a statement on Monday night.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including most recently, his role in the franchise’s first NBA Championship.
“We have no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group, but we are confident our current front office will continue to aggressively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead.”
Griffin later released a statement regarding his departure.
Statement from David Griffin: pic.twitter.com/2a7aJdIUVH
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 20, 2017
Earlier in the day on Monday, it was reported by Marc Stein of ESPN that the Cavaliers had been making significant progress on a three-way trade that would net them guard/forward Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls.
Cleveland has been connected to multiple trade options since the end of the 2016-17 season, including Butler and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, who announced he would not be resigning with the team at the end of next year and hitting the free agent market.
Griffin was named the GM of the Cavaliers back in February 2014, permanently taking over the role in May. He oversaw the deal that sent former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love.