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NBA Off-Season 2017: Cleveland Cavaliers to Part Ways With David Griffin

The two sides “couldn’t agree on the future.”

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According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Cleveland Cavaliers are parting ways with David Griffin, their general manager. Griffin had success with the Cavaliers, winning the 2016 NBA championship and making the finals two other times in 2015 and 2017.

The terms of Griffin’s departure are unclear, but he was working on an expiring contract and the two sides are apparently unable to reach an agreement on an extension. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that former Clippers guard Chauncey Billups is one possible candidate to replace Griffin.

The Clippers, who are making an effort to beef up the organization in preparation for the impending free agencies of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, could be among the teams interested in Griffin. One area of priority has been altering the front-office decision-making structure, as the Clippers today introduced NBA legend Jerry West as a new consultant who will work with Doc Rivers.

David Griffin could operate as the Clippers’ General Manager, replacing Dave Wohl who currently holds the role but does not have decision-making authority and merely advises Rivers.