Cavs, GM Griffin part after 3 straight NBA Finals trips

Owner Dan Gilbert released a statement saying that the two sides "mutually chose to not extend David's current contract".

On the one-year anniversary of the team winning a title last year, team owner Dan Gilbert announced that Griffin's contract, which expires at the end of the month, would not be renewed. Reports say that Griffin and Gilbert do not agree with the latter's vision for the franchise.

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David Griffin's uncertain future was becoming a problem in negotiations with other teams. Via ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin, in Gilbert's 12-plus years as owner of the Cavs, he has never agreed to a contract extension with any of his general managers. He was part of a Cleveland front office that drafted Kyrie Irving in 2011 and lured LeBron James back from Miami in 2014 while adding All-Star forward Kevin Love the same year.

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Former NBA players Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce arrive before Game Four of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 9, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, the team is left without a General Manager and there are lots of rumors this offseason about what to do moving forward and about LeBron James' future in Cleveland. James came out publicly in April advocating for Griffin to be re-signed.

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Earlier last season, James actually campaigned on behalf of Griffin by saying he saw no reason as to why Griffin shouldn't get a new deal. He's also friends with Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue.

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