HoopsHype David Griffin rumors

April 18, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons plan to conduct a comprehensive search to replace Joe Dumars in the front office, a job that is coveted around the league. Several names are on the Pistons' radar, a person familiar with details told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The latest names to surface are: Cleveland Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin, Boston Celtics assistant GM and team counsel Mike Zarren and NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe. USA Today Sports

April 6, 2014 Updates

There’s a good chance the Cavs will retain Griffin. Gilbert will explore hiring other front-office executives, including possibly someone above Griffin in the pecking order, a la Phil Jackson in New York. News-Herald

April 5, 2014 Updates

David Griffin (Cleveland Cavaliers): The Cavaliers made a mid-season change at the general manager spot, ousting Chris Grant and replacing him with assistant general manager David Griffin. The Cavaliers have gone 14-13 since the change after going 17-33 to start the season. Under Griffin’s watch the team has been playing far better basketball and the dysfunction that had marred the club seems to have subsided. In talking to sources close to the situation, not only has Griffin instilled some confidence in the young guys, he has actively engaged not only with Cavs star Kyrie Irving, but troublesome guard Dion Waiters. His hands-on approach has resonated well with the Cavs and there is talk that he could remain in his position beyond this season. Basketball Insiders

March 31, 2014 Updates
March 9, 2014 Updates

The head coach easily has a more direct impact, but the front office certainly holds a role in that culture. A couple of players have told me they appreciate David Griffin’s approach. He is direct in his communication and bluntly honest, he makes it clear to them where they stand with the team. The players I’ve talked to said they appreciate that. Griffin is different in his approach than Chris Grant, because as Griffin said at his introductory news conference, he comes from a different lifetime set of experiences. I think both guys have different styles, but both can make good GMs. Akron Beacon Journal

February 23, 2014 Updates

The Cavs would never consider trading the two-time All-Star. Circumstances, obviously, could change this summer if he turns down a maximum extension with the Cavs. But we’ll worry about that when we get there. If you want to ruffle Griffin’s feathers, just ask if Irving is untouchable. “As a franchise, it is my philosophy that absolutely no one is untouchable in any area,” Griffin said. “Why would you ever do that? It doesn’t make any sense to me. “That doesn’t mean anybody’s ever going to go away, either, because untouchable and tradable are different things. I don’t want to get into semantics, but untouchable is a ridiculous word.” News-Herald

February 20, 2014 Updates
February 16, 2014 Updates

Q: What are you looking for in your next GM, whether it’s David Griffin or an outside hire? Dan Gilbert: That’s a great question. In fact, it has taken this amount of time, eight or nine years, for me to really know the answer to that question. In all the time here we’ve only had two GMs until now. We’re looking for somebody besides the basketball knowledge, who understands the human equation. Understands and feels the importance of culture and chemistry and connectivity and openness, is open to ideas from anywhere and anyone, from all places, and can connect with people and can understand how important it is. Just because you can’t measure something doesn’t mean it’s not important. Sometimes some of the most important things in the world are things you can’t measure. Going back to my earlier metaphor, IFR and VFR, can fly by gut feel and can also look at the numbers. Someone who will turn over every possible stone and be open to every possible innovation, creativity, idea from anywhere to give us that edge that we’ll need. Akron Beacon Journal

February 12, 2014 Updates

"[Griffin] excels at the trade deadline, so he'll have an immediate opportunity to impress [Cavs owner Dan Gilbert]," an Eastern Conference GM told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

February 9, 2014 Updates

Griffin, 44, said he doesn’t feel like he has to make a trade at the Feb. 20 deadline. “I want to do that which puts us in the best position to be successful,” he said. “We’ll analyze every opportunity and we’ll look for every opportunity that does that for us.” News-Herald

He admits it’s bittersweet watching his good friend getting fired. “At the same time, I’m looking forward to tackling this opportunity,” Griffin said. “We will find a way. We will succeed.” Griffin, who spent 18 years in the Suns’ organization, learning under Steve Kerr, Bryan Colangelo and Jerry Colangelo, said he’s not from the same mold to which people have grown accustomed. “I won’t be different,” he said. “I am different.” News-Herald

February 6, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have released General Manager Chris Grant effective immediately and appointed Vice President of Basketball Operations, David Griffin, as Acting General Manager. Grant was named general manager of the Cavs on June 4, 2010. He originally joined the franchise as the club’s vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager in July 2005. NBA.com

April 23, 2013 Updates
August 6, 2012 Updates
June 26, 2012 Updates

Cleveland Cavaliers assistant general manager David Griffin has pulled out of consideration in the Los Angeles Clippers' general manager search, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPNLosAngeles.com. Griffin had preliminary conversations with Clippers officials at the pre-draft camp in Chicago a couple weeks ago but "feels it's not the right move for his career right now," the source said. ESPN.com

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