LeBron Tweets Support Of Cavs GM, Who Parts Ways With Team

Javier Howell
June 21, 2017

In some shocking news on Monday that came out of seemingly nowhere, David Griffin was sacked as the Cleveland Cavaliers' general manager, just a few weeks after his team made it to the NBA Finals.

If anyone doubted those reports' veracity, James tweeted this just hours after Griffin's firing.

It would appear that Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is looking to a former Detroit Pistons star for help. They've known each other from their days with the Pistons when Billups was one of the team's leaders and Gilbert's Rock Financial mortgage company was one of the team's major sponsors. The Celtics traded the No. 1 pick.

Cavaliers coach Tyron Lue was not informed by Gilbert before the two parted ways.

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"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", Gilbert said in a statement. Plus, many observers speculate the team ought to try to make a trade for a big-named wing player, like Paul George or Jimmy Butler, in order to challenge the Warriors for the National Basketball Association crown. He holds a $35.6 million player option in his contract after next season, so if he doesn't like what he sees, he could bolt Cleveland again - to the Los Angeles Lakers, perhaps? - leaving a power vacuum in the East.

Gilbert added that there would be "no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group".

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Monday that "Gilbert didn't consult" with James before firing Griffin, and the network's Ryen Russillo claimed that a source told him James's camp was "surprised" by the ouster. LeBron James was not involved in the decision-making.