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Cavs, GM Griffin part after 3 straight NBA Finals trips

The Comeback Cavs, GM Griffin part after 3 straight NBA Finals trips
Rita Gibson | 21 June, 2017, 08:21

"Not just for a team, but for an entire city".

The timing of Griffin's exit couldn't be worse. Reports have said that Griffin was seeking a significant raise from Cleveland after receiving interest from the Magic, Hawks and Bucks this offseason. And not when James followed up reports that he was "disappointed" and "shocked" by Griffin's departure with a read-between-the-lines message of support.

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"Thanks for what u did for the team for 3 yrs!" the tweet said.

Gilbert has known Billups since his days with the Pistons.

Billups does not have any front-office experience, so it's likely he would fill an executive role alongside a new GM.

The league and the National Basketball Players Association announced Monday that the Dallas Mavericks star will be a co-captain of Team World along with Charlotte Hornets All-Star Kemba Walker.

No, not everything worked out.

"We shouldn't be shocked after we fired our head coach when we were in first place in the middle of the season", Jefferson said Tuesday, referring to David Blatt's dismissal in January 2016.

Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon tuneup for extra rest
With the win, Nadal has now moved to World No 2 behind Andy Murray while Wawrinka moves to No 3 in the world. He said: "This tournament, I have been playing great during the whole event since the beginning".

James may have carried the Cavaliers.

Presumably with Griffin leading the way, the Cavs were also reportedly trying to assemble a multiteam trade that would help them acquire Chicago swingman Jimmy Butler. However, his contract expired this year and the Cavaliers refused to extend it.

Unlike Lue, Griffin did not receive a contract extension last summer as Cleveland basked in the glow of its championship. If you want to read between the lines based on Gilbert's history, he simply did not value Griffin enough to retain him. Griffin's replacement will face immediate and unrelenting pressure to keep pace with Golden State and appease James, but ultimately the blame for any managerial shortcomings will be passed up the chain to Gilbert.

Griffin's tenuous situation with the Cavaliers made any potential blockbuster a bit awkward, with other teams inquiring about the GM's future, according to The Vertical.

Griffin had fretted over the Cavaliers' maddening inconsistency in the second half of the regular season, but the team found its stride in the playoffs and swept in and Toronto in the first two rounds.

Don't kid yourself: James, still the NBA's best player even after his club's five-game Finals loss to the Warriors, very much runs the show when it comes to the Cavaliers.

Now, Griffin is out of of a job and the Cavaliers could potentially (but is leaning towards) the side of uncertainty and unknown. Griffin have chose to part ways following three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.

Owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement, "On behalf of the entire organization I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including his role in the franchise's first National Basketball Association championship".

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