The Cleveland Cavaliers have been linked in trade rumors with Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George over the last two days, but they soon won’t have a general manager to help work through potential deals for those players.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Monday night, citing sources, that the Cavs and general manager David Griffin will “part ways.” Griffin’s contract with the Cavs ends June 30.
The team released a statement shortly after reports surfaced.
Griffin became the full-time GM on May 12, 2014 and helped assemble the 2016 Cavs roster that defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the franchise’s first championship.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday night that former NBA point guard Chauncey Billups is a candidate to join Cleveland’s front office.
The Cavs should find someone sooner rather than later, as the NBA draft is Thursday and free agency begins in early July.
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