David Griffin Rumors
And the system? “I was pleased with [Isaiah Thomas’] willingness to come off the bench in L.A.,” David Griffin said. “[It] will be very important for next season that teams believe he is willing to do whatever it takes to win and isn’t caught up in the semantics of a starting role. His willingness to speak up immediately in Cleveland was a terrible fit for the locker room, but not entirely a negative. If he is in a role as veteran leader, as he was in L.A., it can be important, positive trait.” Added Billy King: “He needs a system that allows him to shoot whenever he wants. This year, you heard some of the knocks on him before he got to Boston. That he wasn’t the greatest teammate. That you couldn’t find the right system to put him in because he needed to shoot all the time. Then he went to Boston, and Boston needed him to shoot all the time. That’s also probably why they were looking to move him, because they were building around Gordon Hayward and looking to play a different way.”
Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin is also a strong believer in James’ longevity. “He can be truly elite as long as the game continues to hold his singular focus,” Griffin said. “No one puts in more time on and off the floor. He fanatically maintains his body and the vast majority of his explosiveness. “He has added something to his repertoire every offseason to combat any loss of athleticism he perceives,” Griffin continued. “As he evolves to become a better shooter and less dependent upon overwhelming you physically, he is also becoming even more cerebral.”
Morey isn’t the only one that has noticed this phenomenon. Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin gave his opinion on why teams have become worse as a whole at drafting in his comments to Mark Deeks on the excellent inaugural episode of the Give Me Sport NBA podcast. “[Fifteen years ago], you weren’t seeing a preponderance of guys going later than, say, nine or 10 that were moving the needle. And now you’ve got Donovan Mitchell [drafted 13th] going later in the draft. And you’ve had Giannis [drafted 15th] go later in the draft, and Rudy Gobert [drafted 27th].”
It’s difficult to parse out if draft misses are the result of randomness or if there is some underlying cause. Griffin believes it’s the latter. He pointed at a rule change pushed by former commissioner David Stern in 2005 which instituted the 19-year-old age limit and prohibited NBA scouts and executives from entering high school gyms. “What’s happened is because of the proliferation of the one and done, teams are making more mistakes in drafting than we really ever have because we know less about the kids than we ever have,” Griffin explained. “Back when you could come directly out of high school, because everyone was going to be in a situation where they could declare out of high school, we were allowed in high school gyms. And what that meant was we saw far more of the kids during that year leading up to the draft than we do now.”
On the day of the NBA draft back in June, just days after Cleveland parted ways with former GM David Griffin, a robust Cavs contingent made up of front-office personnel, coaches and team support staff members held an impromptu, “what if?” discussion about Kyrie Irving’s future, multiple team sources confirmed to ESPN. The discussion, characterized as “small talk” by one source familiar with its content, was less a formal straw poll of what the Cavs should do with their All-Star point guard should trade opportunities present themselves, and more of a thought exercise anticipating what the market could bear for a player of Irving’s caliber. The talk got back to Irving, multiple team sources told ESPN, and that served as the tipping point that led to Irving formally requesting a trade a little more than two weeks later.