The Cleveland Cavaliers are at a crossroads summer — they need to offer Kyrie Irving a max contract to keep him, they need to decide the fate of coach Mike Brown, they have to decide if they should offer Tristan Thompson an extension, they have to decide how much they would be willing to pay free agents Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes to stay (if they will stay, and if the Cavs want them back).
More importantly, they have to figure out how to put together a roster that can start to win — owner Dan Gilbert has said he is tired of being in the lottery year after year, but with 33 wins last season the Cavs are back again.
Apparently Gilbert likes interim GM David Griffin’s plans.
The Cavaliers are in negotiations to remove the interim tag from Griffin and give him the job, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
David Griffin is close to being named general manager of the Cavaliers, The Plain Dealer has learned.
Neither owner Dan Gilbert nor Griffin would comment on Saturday night, but a source said that after interviewing four or five serious candidates, the Cavs settled on Griffin, who has been the team’s acting general manager since Gilbert fired Chris Grant on Feb. 6.
Griffin’s one big move in his limited time as GM (he took over from Chris Grant Feb. 6) was to acquire Spencer Hawes in a trade deadline deal, which worked out relatively well for the Cavs even though it didn’t lead to wins.
At his end of season press conference, Griffin sounded smart and confident, he talked extensively about “fit” and how the Cavaliers don’t have it — they have good players but they need guys with higher basketball IQs, and a few guys who can just shoot.
That said, they could have up to $26 million in cap space (depending on moves), plus another draft pick. They have the assets to reshape the roster. Whatever directions they choose to go.
It looks like steering that ship will fall to Griffin.