Cavs, GM Griffin part after title, 3 straight NBA Finals

According to reports, negotiations broke down despite James telling ESPN in April that Griffin deserved a new contract.

Gilbert and Griffin parted ways Monday, just one year after Griffin was hailed as one of the architects of the Cavaliers’ NBA championship.

Ferry left the team about a month before James departed to Miami via free agency and, like Griffin, reportedly disagreed with Gilbert about the team’s direction.

He also served as the president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002-2007, the team making its first three playoff appearances during West’s tenure.

The decision by Dan Gilbert to not pay David Griffin this late into the year has ultimately hindered the former GM’s future in the basketball world. The renewal – or non-renwal – of the contract has been the cause of much speculation since the Cavs season ended in a loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Amico previously reported the Cavaliers were talking to the Indiana Pacers about Paul George. It’s the nature of the business when the salary cap is escalating each season and stars know they can make more by signing short term deals one step at a time.

In either case, the Cavaliers would likely be looking at trading forward Kevin Love, who together with James and guard Kyrie Irving have sparked Cleveland the past three seasons.

Griffin has re-shaped this roster in numerous ways, adding piece after piece to help LeBron and the Cavaliers bring home a championship.

The Cavs did not formally announce a replacement for Griffin, but The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that a source says Chauncey Billups is expected to emerge as the leading candidate. Griffin didn’t think the Cavs were playing with the passion they needed under Blatt, and he promoted assistant Tyronn Lue, who led the Cavs to their first title.