Sources: Cavs close in on Griffin as GM
CLEVELAND — Within about a week, David Griffin should be named the Cavaliers’ new general manager, sources told FOX Sports Ohio on Sunday.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Saturday that Griffin is close to being named the team’s GM.
Also, sources have repeatedly told FOX Sports Ohio that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has been impressed with Griffin since Griffin took over for the fired Chris Grant on Feb. 6.
Last month, FSO reported the overall consensus in the Cavs’ front office was Griffin would have the "acting" removed from his title and get the job on a full-time basis.
While the status of Griffin seems to be coming into focus, sources familiar with the Cavs’ thinking said things with head coach Mike Brown are a little less certain. One source described Brown’s standing as "very much up in the air."
When asked about Brown in late April, Griffin simply said, "We are all under review."
The Cavs finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Coincidence or not, they went 17-16 after Griffin became the main basketball decision-maker.
Prior to coming to Cleveland in 2010, Griffin spent 17 years with the Phoenix Suns in various front-office roles. He worked primarily under Suns GMs Bryan Colangelo and Steve Kerr — and Griffin has credited Kerr with helping to shape his own philosophy.
Griffin was also a member of the Suns organization during the successful Mike D’Antoni era. D’Antoni just resigned as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
While some in the league believe Griffin would want a coach who shares his drive-and-kick approach to offense (Brown is a pick-and-roll guy hired by ex-GM Grant), there are some who feel Griffin’s strong belief in stability will keep Brown on the Cavs’ sidelines for at least another season.
Sources have said Gilbert will support any decision made by a new GM on Brown.
Former Detroit Pistons star and NBA executive Isiah Thomas and ex-NBA Coach of the Year George Karl also expressed interest in the Cavs’ GM position. The Plain Dealer reported the Cavs interviewed "four or five serious candidates" before deciding on Griffin.
Griffin grew up in Phoenix and graduated from Arizona State in 1995.