Guys go down next to LeBron James year after year, yet very little has stopped the party since 2007 — and not at all since 2010. And while a whole lot of people got their knickers twisted when Cleveland temporarily braked the deal, the end result was as good as anyone in Northern Ohio could expect, given the complete lack of leverage the Cavaliers had once Irving’s trade demands and unhappiness became public. (No, Koby Altman’s future as a GM isn’t ruined; everyone around the league knows the straight jacket every Cleveland exec is in, with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert driving the bus. Hey, he paid for the bus; he can drive it if he wants. Altman did a hell of a job getting what he got.)
Gilbert parted ways with general manager David Griffin on June 19, which baffled many after Griffin put together teams that reached three consecutive Finals and won one championship. “The narrative, I guess, that our front office is in disarray [comes] from the night Griff and I both sort of decided it didn’t feel right moving forward,” Gilbert said. “It had nothing to do with money. It had nothing to do with specific trades or players or anything like that, it’s just philosophically and culturally we had different views of how things were going to go forward.”
Dan Gilbert: Street smart. Book smart. @cavs new GM Koby Altman&his strong staff will bring continued success & more to our front office&entire franchise
Jeff Goodman: Conversations between Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and Chauncey Billups expected to continue today, source told ESPN.
ESPN Cleveland: Windy on Griff: "Been talking for weeks. There is no contract offer...Gilbert doesn't value stability in the coaching box and front office."
The Magic interviewed several candidates for the job including Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond. The team was interested in hiring Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin for the position. Griffin had discussions about the job but never was able to formally interview because the Cavs did not grant permission and the Magic decided to move on.
September 28, 2021 | 9:04 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: NBA’s 65-page health and safety protocols for ‘21-22 include restrictions on non-fully-vaccinated players, such as: No dining indoors in same room as other player, 6 feet of distance in team meeting, distant locker, remain at residence or hotel, prohibited from public venues.
Dave McMenamin: Free agent guard Trevelin Queen has signed a partially guaranteed training camp deal with the L.A. Lakers, his agent, Daniel Hazan of Hazan Sports Management, told ESPN. He averaged 13.2 pts on 54% from 3 and 2.0 stl per game for the Lakers’ summer league team in Las Vegas
Adam Zagoria: Former @BluejayMBB G @Marcus Zegarowski Will play with the Nets G League team, per source
With the curtain set to go up on the NBA and NHL season, MSG Network is alerting viewers that it is nearing a potential blackout on Comcast Xfinity cable systems in New Jersey and Connecticut. Comcast, though it is the No. 1 U.S. cable operator, has virtually no customers in New York City, but a healthy six-figure number of them in the suburbs are at risk of losing service. The regional sports network airs New York Knicks NBA games.
September 28, 2021 | 6:58 pm EDT Update
Tim Bontemps: The NBA and NBPA are in the process of finalizing an agreement on COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the upcoming season, sources told ESPN.
Tim Bontemps: The impending agreement will cover the way vaccinated and unvaccinated players will be monitored, sources told ESPN. Unvaccinated players will have restrictions similar to what was in place last season, while vaccinated players largely won’t.