The Cleveland Cavaliers have parted ways with general manager David Griffin, the team announced Monday.
Griffin’s contract was up at the end of the month, and after extensive talks with owner Dan Gilbert, no agreement on an extension was reached.
In a statement, Griffin said he was appreciative of the opportunity given to him by Gilbert, adding, “I am extremely excited for my next challenge in the NBA, however Dan and I know now that [the Cavs] are a team built on largely on the concept of fit and are now at the point where the fit is not right for us to continue with one another.”
“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.
Gilbert added that there would be “no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group.”
According to a source familiar with the breakdown in negotiations, Griffin did not want to stay, with Gilbert’s vision for the franchise being different from his. There are talks of Chauncey Billups being the next candidate up for the job.