Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was reportedly disappointed at the timing of general manager David Griffin’s departure from the team Monday, and how it might affect the team’s future direction, according to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.
James went on to share his support of Griffin hours after news broke.
If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland! Thanks for what u did for the team for 3 yrs! We got us 1🏆
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 20, 2017
Griffin and the Cavaliers parted ways after the two sides were unable to agree on an extension for Griffin’s contract, which was set to expire at the end of June. Cavaliers senior vice president of basketball operations, Trent Redden, whose contract was also set to expire at the end of the month, will leave the organization as well.
James wasn’t consulted on the decision by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The three-time NBA MVP, who led the Cavaliers to their only NBA title in 2016, had previously advocated for an extension for Griffin. The Cavaliers have reached the NBA Finals in each of the last three seasons.
“It makes no sense why he shouldn’t get an extension,” James said to ESPN in April. “He’s pulled every move — he’s tried to make every move happen — to better this team to be able to compete for a championship. So we wouldn’t be in this position, obviously, without him and without the guys that are here — from the coaching staff to the players to Griff. He’s been a big piece of it.”
Griffin joined the Cavaliers in 2010 as vice president of basketball operations after 17 seasons with the Phoenix Suns. He was named the Cavaliers’ interim general manager in February 2014 before taking over the position full-time a few months later.
Gilbert has yet to agree on a contract extension for a Cavaliers’ general manager in his 12-plus years owning the team.