Cleveland Cavaliers, General Manager David Griffin will part ways

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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert released a statement on Monday evening announcing that David Griffin is out as general manager of the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions.

The 44-year-old Griffin oversaw the Cavs during their three straight NBA Finals appearances.

One has to wonder if Griffin and Gilbert disagreed on the major transaction the Cavs need to make this offseason to catch up to the Warriors. The Cavs will try to improve their roster this summer as superstar LeBron James enters his final season under contract.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, former NBA point guard Chauncey Billups is being considered as the Cavaliers' vice president for basketball operations. Assistant general manager Koby Altman remains with the team and is part of a group overseeing draft preparation and trade talks. The Cavs also had been linked with Paul George from IN, as Griffin was attempting to pull off a last-second splash, while knowing his job was IN jeopardy.

If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland! In a radio interview with Allen Sliwa of ESPN 710, Ford said other teams told him the Lakers were calling around to offer Russell as they try to work out a deal where they could acquire a first-round pick to take a player they'd already worked out.

We got instant reaction to this development from WKYC Channel 3's Jim Donovan and Dave "Dino" DeNatale on Facebook Live.

LeBron was not happy with Griffin's departure, which could spell trouble for the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Yahoo!

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Griffin took the job on an acting basis in February 2014 after Chris Grant was sacked. LeBron James reportedly had no idea that Griffin was leaving, and he felt disappointed upon learning the news.

David Griffin is out as the Cavs' GM.

Griffin's contract officially expires on June 30.

Letting Griffin go comes at a tricky time with the NBA Draft only three days away and the Cavs linked to trades for Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler.

Within a few weeks of signing James in 2014, the Cavs traded Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, giving them a proven All-Star.

Anything that happens within the Cleveland organization is going to be framed around James' reaction considering he's the team's best player and one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association history.

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