Just hours after the Cleveland Cavaliers relieved Chris Grant of his general manager duties, the organization announced that Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin has been named the acting general manager. From the Cavs press release:
The Cleveland Cavaliers have released General Manager Chris Grant effective immediately and appointed Vice President of Basketball Operations, David Griffin, as Acting General Manager. Grant was named general manager of the Cavs on June 4, 2010. He originally joined the franchise as the club’s vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager in July 2005.
Griffin has been highly respected around the league for some time now, as shown by this tweet from SB Nation’s Paul Flannery.
David Griffin got his start breaking down video with the Suns. Danny Ainge and others have spoken highly of him.
— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) February 6, 2014
Griffin joined the organization in 2010 after spending 17 years with the Phoenix Suns. Coming from a media background, he also turned down the Denver Nuggets GM job in 2010. For the Cavaliers, Griffin handles European scouting for the organization and does a lot of analytics work.
Griffin is also now a likely candidate for the job once the Cavaliers launch a fill search after the season and he’s likely to treat the next few months as an audition. If he can sell the correct assets and turn them into pieces that help the Cavaliers long term, it will speak well for him when it comes time to interview for the actual job.
Griffin will likely deal with owner Dan Gilbert closely over the next few weeks. It’s likely that Gilbert is going to be hands on with the roster as the deadline approaches and how Griffin handles the next few weeks should give us an idea of what he chances are of landing the job come summer.
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