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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.
Hearing Cavs and David Griffin have interest in bringing on displaced Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni as offensive coordinator. They have a past
— Anthony Lima (@AnthonyLimaFAN) May 11, 2014
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:
People would be blabbling about MDA taking over for Mike Brown as soon as he would be hired in any role
— WayneEmbrysKids (@WayneEmbrysKids) May 11, 2014