The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided not to renew the contract of general manager David Griffin following the team’s third straight trip to the NBA Finals.
David Griffin spent much of the workday Monday as the Cleveland Cavaliers general manager, and he worked the phones on potential trades that would enable the Cavs to better compete with the Golden State Warriors for an NBA championship.
At 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Griffin was on the phone assessing Jimmy Butler’s desire to play with LeBron James and the Cavs, according to two people with direct knowledge of the calls. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the conversations.
By 7:30 p.m. ET, Griffin and the Cavs had parted ways, and the Cavs will not bring back senior vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden, leaving the front office in chaos days before the draft and less than two weeks from the start of free agency.
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Assistant general manager Koby Altman, who is under contract for next season, remains the highest-ranking front-office executive.
James was not consulted and was surprised by the parting of ways, a person with direct knowledge of James’ thinking told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on behalf of James.
“He’s done a great job of putting the pieces together for this franchise to compete for a championship, and that’s all you can ask for,” James told reporters just before the Finals began.
Griffin had an ability to read a situation and make the right moves, and players respected him for that.
Even as Griffin made those calls and talked to pertinent parties about trades, he also knew there was a good chance…