CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have confirmed that they have made a mutual decision with general manager David Griffin not to extend his contract.
In a statement, Cavs chairman Dan Gilbert says that he 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.
The Cavs also said that they have no announcement related to Griffin’s replacement, but that they will “aggressively explore and pursue opportunities” in the coming weeks.
Other reports have former NBA All-Star Chauncy Billups in the running to replace Griffin.
In a statement to an ESPN reporter, Griffin said that he was “deeply appreciative” of the opportunity that owner Dan Gilbert and his ownership team gave him to help build the championship Cavs. He also said that he and his wife will continue to be “vested in the success of Believeland and can’t thank the fans of this great city enough for the kindness you have shown us.”
Griffin’s assistant, VP of Basketball Operations Trent Redden , was also said to be in the running, but his contract will not be renewed either, according to sources.
Griffin’s contract was due to expire at the end of June. The renewal – or non-renewal – of the contract has been the cause of much speculation since the Cavs season ended in a loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.