David Griffin Rumors
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been invigorated over the last week following game plan changes by new coach Tyronn Lue, but it hasn’t been the only event that’s positively affected the team. Following a meeting called by general manager David Griffin to inform the team coach David Blatt had been fired, Cavs players held an extended and spirited players-only meeting, sources told ESPN.com. It turned into an airing of grievances for players including stars LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving but eventually led to an agreement that has been a basis for the Cavs recent strong play.
“It was like ripping off a scab,” one team source said. “And it was exactly what needed to happen, I think it was what [Griffin] was hoping for.” “It was very healthy for the team,” another source said. “It probably needed to happen weeks ago.”
So in Van Gundy’s mind, the onus falls on Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin for the recent decision to fire David Blatt and insert Lue into the head coaching spot. “Ty’s going to do a good job, a really good job,” Van Gundy said Friday before the Pistons’ 114-106 loss to the Cavs at the Palace. “It’s not on him. It’s on David Griffin. “If you go back to the NBA Finals, it’s a neutral move. If you win it all, it was a good move. If you don’t get to the Finals, it was a bad move. That’s on David Griffin, not on Ty Lue. Ty’s gonna do a good job so it’s David’s decision, and I don’t think there’s any other way to paint it.”
Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said Monday the team is not involved in any trade talks regarding Kevin Love. “You’d have to go a long way to convince me that we’re a better team winning in the Finals without a player like Kevin on our team,” Griffin said in an interview on ESPN 850 AM in Cleveland. “We’ve never once put together an offer involving Kevin nor have we taken a call on an offer for Kevin.”
“We think very highly of Kevin and we believe Kevin thinks very highly of this situation. But, I can also tell you that we have been very clear from the beginning that there’s no such thing as untouchables,” Griffin said. “You’re either all the way in or all the way out in this process and we believe our guys are all the way in. If it remains that way then we are going to try and augment the group at the bottom and try to get some additional depth and that’s what we’ll do. We’re not going to be afraid to do what needs to be done if something more significant comes along.”
A source also told The Post during The Finals that James checked himself back into Game 1 without Blatt’s direction, and the coach looked as if he were scrambling to pull out a player. Sources, however, also have said Blatt and Griffin weren’t close. A picture was painted that modesty wasn’t Blatt’s strong suit. The original hire was made exclusively by owner Dan Gilbert, who closely followed Blatt’s career in Israel.