The story of how David Griffin lost his job as Cleveland Cavaliers general manager is one that happens in businesses across America: He wanted more money and more power, and his boss said no. "We got us 1". James even campaigned to get Griffin an extension after he pulled off a trade to get Kyle Korver, one of the league's best outside shooters.
It's been reported that LeBron is both disappointed about Griffin's departure and concerned about the Cavaliers' direction going forward. While Griffin did place some protections on future picks the Cavaliers traded away, the team's cupboard is pretty bare in terms of future assets.
Griffin's contract was up at the end of the month and after extensive talks with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, no agreement on an extension was reached. Now, Cleveland needs to find a GM who can manage the LeBron-Gilbert waters without causing self-destruction, something Griffin mastered.
However, Griffin does have a strong resume, which includes the trade with Minnesota that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland in the summer of 2014.
"Thanks for what u did for the team for 3 yrs!" the tweet said.
Billups, who now works as an analyst for ESPN, has had a relationship with Gilbert for more than a decade. Join the King James Gospel team! Griffin was reportedly upset at not having been given a contract extension last summer, as Cleveland was coming off an unprecedented rally for its first title, and ESPN reported that the parting of ways came after "extensive talks" on a new pact. He also acquired J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks in January 2015, fired Blatt on Jan. 22, 2016, due to a "lack of fit" and replaced him with Tyronn Lue. He helped lead the Pistons to the 2004 title, upsetting the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers. Griffin is the fourth GM to work for Gilbert since 2005.
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.
Lerner was successful in many things in life, but he knew very little about putting a football team together, never felt the urge to become a de facto general manager and never felt the need to meddle with the football decisions of then-team president Carmen Policy and then-head coach Butch Davis.