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GM David Griffin, Cavaliers Agree To Part Ways Amid Trade Speculation

The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a convincing loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in which LeBron James and company fell in five games. Following the devastating defeat to Kevin Durant’s squad, the Cavaliers have been trying to figure out how to retool the roster to keep up with the Western Conference heavyweights.

Although Cleveland is reportedly in talks to acquire either Paul George or Jimmy Butler, the team will move forward without their general manager David Griffin. In a surprising move, the Cavaliers parted ways with Griffin on Monday, according to ESPN:

The Cleveland Cavaliers have parted ways with general manager David Griffin, the team announced Monday.

Griffin was with the Cavaliers for three seasons and helped put together a roster which consists of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. Cleveland has made three straight NBA Finals appearances and won the title last year which was the first in franchise history for the Cavaliers.

This move comes at an interesting time with the team currently working on acquiring another superstar player. Cleveland has reportedly expressed interest in Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George.

With the team supposedly engaged in potential trades, it seems a bit awkward and questionable that their general manager, who had a successful run with the team, would be relieved of duty. The two sides couldn’t agree to terms on a new deal which could prove costly for the team, especially if LeBron James is already eyeing leaving town next year in free agency.

Rumors are already starting to swirl about LeBron heading to Los Angeles next year and Griffin leaving may be the beginning of the end of the Cavaliers reign in the Eastern Conference.

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