On Monday, the ClevelandCavaliers and general manager David Griffin parted ways, which shocked the entire National Basketball Association community.
Assistant GM Trent Redden, whose contract also was to expire June 30, is out as well. After all, James was openly campaigning for a contract extension for Griffin, and with Griffin wanting a larger role with the organization after taking the Cavaliers to three Finals in as many years on the job.
Griffin's departure comes three days before the draft - the Cavs are now without a pick - and on the eve of free agency.
Griffin and Gilbert met to discuss the future course of the franchise in the days following the Cavs' season-ending Game 5 loss to the Warriors on June 12, and apparently had different visions on how to go forward. Both were dismissed in February by owner Jeanie Buss, who hired Magic and general manager Rob Pelinka to return the 16-time champions to contention.
This is a surprising development as there were reports of the Cavs trying to put together a monster trade to get Jimmy Butler from Chicago.
Adrian Wojnarowski, editor of TheVertical.com, reported that Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is considering Billups as the next President of basketball operations and assist in the hiring of a new general manager.
James took to Twitter to post his support for Griffin. In 2014, Griffin was named team's general manager and he spent three years at that position.
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today later added that James was "surprised" by the decision to part ways with Griffin. Back in April, he told ESPN that the GM should get an extension of the contract, citing his several contributions to improving the Cavs' depth by trading and bringing people in.
With James gone, the Cavaliers would either have to settle for being a mediocre Eastern Conference team that could at best make it past the first round of the playoffs or try and blow up the franchise entirely and hope to gain some draft stock after trading nearly all of it away to build the present team.
Under Griffin, and since LeBron James returned, the Cavaliers have enjoyed the best run in franchise history.
James can opt out of his contract next summer and there have been numerous rumors circulating about James' desire to move to Los Angeles where he has a home and wants to increase his presence in the entertainment world to play for the Lakers or Clippers.
"And then finally everybody is going to looking at what the Cavs did and does it give them any chance at all to beat Golden State next year".
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