GM Griffin, Cavs part ways after title, 3 straight Finals

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. Griffin was reportedly upset at not having been given a contract extension last summer, as Cleveland was coming off an unprecedented rally for its first title, and ESPN reported that the parting of ways came after "extensive talks" on a new pact. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has never given a general manager a contract extension.

Billups, 40, an ESPN analyst who is close with James and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, has eyed the potential opening in Cleveland, though he has no front-office experience.

Billups has had a relationship with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert for more than a decade since Billups endorsed Rock Financial, Gilbert's Detroit-based mortgage company, when the former guard was a member of the Detroit Pistons.

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A person familiar with the talks says Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert met with former National Basketball Association star Chauncey Billups about a position in Cleveland's front office. The Celtics traded the No. 1 pick. LeBron James was not involved in the decision-making. In a statement, Griffin said he was appreciative of the opportunity given to him by Gilbert. 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.

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In the release, Griffin was recognized by Gilbert for his role in helping the Cavs win their first championship in 2015-16.