HoopsHype David Griffin rumors

June 23, 2012 Updates
June 18, 2012 Updates

Steve Kyler: GM notes... Magic made no offers to Gms this weekend... Danny Ferry to 76ers looks close... David Griffin to the Clippers has legs Twitter

Marc Stein: Kiki Vandeweghe widely seen as fave for Clips' GM job. Jim Paxson (via Pete Vecsey) in hunt, too. Also hearing Cavs' David Griffin in mix Twitter

October 7, 2011 Updates
September 9, 2011 Updates

Two more names have emerged in the Portland Trail Blazers’ search for a new general manager. Sources with knowledge of Portland’s thinking told ESPN.com that the Blazers have both Cleveland Cavaliers vice president of basketball operations David Griffin and Los Angeles Clippers vice president of basketball operations Neil Olshey on their wish list. Yahoo! Sports reported last week that Oklahoma City Thunder executive Troy Weaver had already interviewed and that the Blazers have likewise targeted highly regarded San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey. ESPN.com

September 17, 2010 Updates

The Cavaliers' front office is complete. There was speculation the Cavs might hire another member of the front office, but a source said this week's hiring of David Griffin would likely be the last addition. The three executives who will make up the Cavs' front office will be General Manager Chris Grant, vice president of basketball operations Griffin and director of pro personnel Wes Wilcox. News-Herald

September 14, 2010 Updates

Everyone missed the part when Cleveland was to be awarded an executive to be named later after Lance Blanks left there last month to become the Suns' general manager. In a league full of possibilities, it is almost as if the Suns and Cavaliers swapped their No. 2 people in basketball operations now that David Griffin has become the Cavaliers' vice president of basketball operations. Griffin will be the right-hand man of new General Manager Chris Grant, just as Blanks was going to be when he moved up a notch in June after Danny Ferry was fired there as GM. Arizona Republic

September 13, 2010 Updates

Griffin has accepted the job, sources on Monday told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher, several weeks after turning down the Denver Nuggets' offer to be their general manager. A league source told Bucher at the time that Griffin declined the Nuggets' offer in part because it was nowhere near $1 million a year, the median salary for recently hired GMs that include the Cavaliers' Chris Grant. ESPN.com

August 25, 2010 Updates

The Denver Nuggets appear to have made up their minds in the search for a general manager -- again. According to three sources close to the situation, former Phoenix Suns senior vice president of basketball operations David Griffin turned down an offer for the position on Tuesday night. The Nuggets are expected to offer the job to Masai Ujiri Wednesday, a move that would return the Toronto assistant general manager to the place where he gained most of his NBA experience. Ujiri was a scout with Denver from 2003 to 2007, having previously served as an unpaid scout for the Orlando Magic (2002-03) and finishing his Nuggets tenure as the head of international scouting. He appeared to have only a slim chance at the position when the search began in early August, but his good reputation within the Nuggets ranks coupled with an impressive interview on August 12 will likely lead to his hiring now that Griffin has backed out. FanHouse.com

Griffin, according to the sources, was offered the job late last week but balked when the offer -- which was believed to be for less than $500,000 annually -- was far below market for a general manager position. It spoke volumes about the position itself. With Nuggets executives Mark Warkentien and Rex Chapman being let go earlier this month and owner Stan Kroenke (pictured) turning much of his attention to his bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, his son, 30-year-old Josh Kroenke, has been elevated to a far more influential role in recent months. The most recent example of his influence came over the weekend, when he reportedly visited Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony in Baltimore to discuss his standing extension offer (three years, $65 million) and uncertain future with the team. FanHouse.com

Griffin turned down the offer, a league source said, in part because it was nowhere near $1 million a year, the median salary for recently hired GMs such as the Cleveland Cavaliers' Chris Grant, the New Orleans Hornets' Dell Demps and the Portland Trail Blazers' Rich Cho. ESPN.com

Contract talks between the Nuggets and former Phoenix Suns executive David Griffin have reached a stalemate because of finances, an NBA source said Tuesday. Reached via phone, Griffin deflected questions about the issues preventing him from signing on as the next general manager of the Nuggets. "That's a question better directed to them," Griffin said. Asked to characterize how things were progressing, Griffin politely declined. "I wouldn't want to characterize it," he said. Denver Post

August 24, 2010 Updates

The Denver Nuggets have made their selection for general manager, offering the job to David Griffin late last week. But according to two sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to FanHouse, the former senior vice president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns has yet to accept. The financial negotiations are believed to be causing the delay, and it remains possible that Griffin -- who was a frontrunner all along with Toronto assistant general manager Masai Ujiri, the next finalist -- will decline the offer. FanHouse.com

The Nuggets are close to hiring a new general manager – with former Phoenix Suns executive David Griffin the frontrunner – but Kroenke and adviser Bret Bearup will have the most significant say in basketball matters. Yahoo! Sports

August 22, 2010 Updates

Not only did Phoenix lose big pieces from their roster, the front office underwent change as well after Steve Kerr and David Griffin resigned. While the Suns have done a good job hiring Lon Baby as team president and Lance Blanks as the new general manager, the changes surprised Dudley. "It surprised me a lot because we just went to the Western Conference Finals and were on the brink of going up 3-2 against the Lakers and possibly going to the Finals. Usually when stuff like that happens, you bring back your team and people in the organization get raises or extensions. That's what usually happens when you go to the Western Conference Finals, not the team gets broken up and management leaves. I was shocked by that. I was a huge Kerr guy because obviously he traded for me, was great with us, and everybody liked Steve Kerr and David Griffin. We now have Lon Babby and I don't know the new general manager's name but obviously [Robert] Sarver has done his due diligence and we just hope that we get in training camp and mesh early. It's going to be crucial for us to get off to a great start because if not then that's when stuff like trades and all of that happens." HoopsWorld

August 19, 2010 Updates
August 17, 2010 Updates

While former Phoenix Suns executive David Griffin is among the candidates for the job, a familiar face to longtime Denver sports fans expressed interest in joining the new Denver management team. Lafayette "Fat" Lever, a point guard who averaged nearly a triple-double in points, rebounds and assists during the 1988-89 season, has worked with the Sacramento Kings as director of player development. "The body might not be what it once was, but the mind has definitely gotten stronger," said Lever, who celebrates his 50th birthday this week. "I'm not qualified to be the general manager of the Denver Nuggets or any other NBA franchise at this point in time. But the love of building a basketball team is in my blood, and I definitely have a lot to offer as a member of the front office." Denver Post

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