The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Monday that David Griffin will no longer be the team’s general manager.
Griffin, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the month, differed with owner Dan Gilbert for the team’s vision for the future, according to multiple reports.
Assistant GM Trent Redden will also not return.
Griffin had been the Cavs’ GM the last three seasons, which has resulted in three NBA Finals appearances and a championship.
He presided over the return of LeBron James and traded Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love.
He also made the deal to acquire J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the Knicks, giving James surrounding pieces to have the Cavs compete for a title.
James endorsed Griffin back in April, telling ESPN, “it makes no sense why he shouldn’t get an extension.”
James was not consulted about the decision, according to ESPN.
Gilbert released the following statement:
“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including most recently, his role in the franchise’s first NBA Championship.”
“We have no announcement at this time related to new leadership of theCavaliers basketball operations group,” he added. “We are confident our current front office will continue to aggresively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead.”
Griffin also released a statement, thanking fans and the organization and partly explained why he chose to leave.
“I am extremely excited for my next challenge in the NBA,” he says. “However, Dan and I know now that are a team built largely on the concept of fit and we are now at a point where the fit is not right for us to continue with one another.”
Former NBA point guard Chauncey Billups is considered to be a potential replacement, according to The Vertical.