David Griffin Rumors
It’s the perfect political play for Griffin—he doesn’t deny James is in control, he just bashes the idea that he’s controlling—but other league executives say Griffin has earned James’ trust by swinging the deals that landed center Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith in January. Perhaps that’s why James simply told Griffin and Gilbert “to keep that motherf–ker,” in referring to restricted free agent Tristan Thompson, but didn’t wield his own free agency to force their hand. James signed his two-year deal well before the Cavs finally came to terms with Thompson, even though both are represented by the same agency, Klutch Sports Group, run by James’ childhood friend, Rich Paul.
Griffin said James worked too hard. But who’s at fault? “I’m really, really disappointed that we didn’t do a better job as an organization of keeping him from doing three-a-days this offseason,” Griffin said. James’ training is primarily overseen by his personal trainer, Mike Mancias, who is on the Cavs’ payroll but has been with James no matter which team he’s played for since 2005. In September, James and Mancias set up shop in Miami, where James said he worked out up to three times per day.
Cavs General Manager David Griffin said he expects Thompson to be on the practice floor Friday, although he declined to speculate under what type of contract. “We fully expect [Friday] he’ll be here in some form or fashion and we’re excited to get going,” Griffin told NBA TV during a live broadcast of Thursday’s Cavs practice. “We’re hopeful that he wants to move forward with his teammates in the same way we want to have Tristan here. If we can come to some agreement we will.”