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Report: Cleveland Cavaliers close to naming David Griffin GM

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Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer reported today that the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of naming current acting general manger David Griffin the full-time GM. According to a source, the Cavaliers interviewed “four or five serious candidates” for the job and ultimately settled on Griffin. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Griffin were not available for comment at the time of the article. The future of  Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown, however, still has not been decided. From the article:

After Griffin took over for Grant, the team responded with a six-game winning streak — its longest since the 2009-10 season — and went 17-16 the rest of the season, remaining in the playoff hunt until the final week of the season.

One of the key factors was that less than two weeks after being named, Griffin acquired Spencer Hawes from Philadelphia at the trading deadline.

Griffin, 44, joined the Cavs as vice president of basketball operations in 2010, after Danny Ferry resigned as general manager and Grant was promoted to that position. Before joining the Cavs, Griffin spent 17 years with the Phoenix Suns, starting as an intern in communications and working his way up to Suns senior vice president of basketball operations. He also was the Suns assistant general manager of player personnel, director of player personnel, assistant director of player personnel, basketball operations assistant and media relations assistant.

There have also been rumblings that Griffin may not be the only former Sun joining the Cavaliers organization. Rumors are circulating that ex-Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni could potentially join the Cavaliers’ staff as an offensive coordinator.

For a Cavaliers team that this past season relied heavily on half-court sets, D’Antoni would be an interesting higher. The likelihood of D’Antoni joining the staff probably isn’t high, however. It’s tough to see D’Antoni taking on this role when he’s been linked to a few other head coaching jobs out there. Also, this:


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  • Letterman007

    Brown must GO !!!

    • Chris Manning

      Just curious: If you could pick any available head coach to take over the Cavs, who would it be and why?

      • Letterman007

        The Van Gundy’s or the recently fired coach of the Warriors comes to mind! Kevin Olley might be decent? If you take away LBJ, what has Brown done? His offense just doesn’t get it done in the NBA, even with Super Stars LBJ or Kobe, it just doesn’t work!

        • Thurstian Tsui

          Mark Jackson’s offense doesn’t really get it done either, granted it was good enough to get them 50 wins, but a lot of that comes down to their strong defense. On a team with so many offensive weapons they should be much more efficient with their scoring. The reason they aren’t is because the system Jackson runs is very iso-heavy choosing to attack a mismatch over and over which bogs down the offense.

          I’m worried that hiring Mark Jackson won’t improve our offense by too much, his system is too predicated on isolations which is something Mike Brown relies on a lot with letting his star players attack their matchup.

          • Letterman007

            Then how about Mark Price! Seems like a logical choice and would be a fan favorite!! If Mark could teach Kyrie what to do, that would be great!!

          • Thurstian Tsui

            Mark Price would be loved by Cleveland and has quite a bit of experience in player development having worked with several teams as a shooting coach which would be valuable on the Cavs with so many young guns. I think Kyrie and him would have a good relationship.

            I don’t know too much about his experience though as a head coach though because it would seem that they want to make a big push for the playoffs this year the Cavaliers will probably look to make a bigger splash in the head coach hunt in picking a coach with a longer resume and more repute.

            It’d be great if they could bring him in as an assistant coach though, he would be great for player development.

          • Letterman007

            Maybe an assistant coach to start! I think he’d be a good influence on Kyrie and perhaps Dion too!

          • Thurstian Tsui

            Yeah, definitely would be a good influence and teacher for our young guards.

          • Chris Manning

            I really like the idea of Mark Price as Cavs coach. 10 years exp. as an assistant, ties to the organization.

          • Thurstian Tsui

            Would you have him as head coach or assistant?

          • Chris Manning

            I wouldn’t be against him as the head coach. With his role with Charlotte, that’s probably the only way he can leave.