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According to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, Cleveland Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin is a candidate for the Detroit Pistons GM job. Other names mentioned include former Piston Grant Hill, Golden State Warriors assistant GM Travis Schlenk and Boston Celtics assistant GM and team counsel Mike Zarren. NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, former Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo and Orlando Magic assistant GM Scott Perry as also being considered.
Griffin assumed his current role as acting GM on Feb. 6 with Chris Grant was fired by Cavaliers majority Dan Gilbert. Grant was fired after the Cavaliers were blown out by the Los Angeles Lakers at home. Before he was fired, Grant was responsible for trading Andrew Bynum to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng.
Like his predecessor, Griffin was active in the trade market. He netted the Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline for forward Earl Clark, center Henry Sims and draft picks. In 27 games as a Cavaliers, Hawes averaged 13.5 points per game and 7.7 rebounds in 29.8 minutes per game. He also developed a nice chemistry with Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving in the pick and roll.
Because of the “acting” tag on his job, Griffin never was not (and is not) guaranteed the Cavaliers GM job full-time. It is entirely possible that the Gilbert decides to go in another direction once the season ends. The Cavaliers were reportedly interested in former Lakers and Bulls coach (and current New York Knicks czar) Phil Jackson to take over the front office and it’s plausible that Gilbert looks to go after another big name this summer.
CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger named Pacers executive Donnie Walsh, Los Angeles Clippers GM Gary Sacks and former Knicks GM Glen Grunwald as possible candidates. Former Knicks GM Isaiah Thomas and recently fired Pistons GM Joe Dumars have also been floated around as possibilities.