Report: Former Cavs GM David Griffin interviews with New Orleans

Griffin was the architect of 2016 NBA championship roster

Daryl Ruiter
April 04, 2019 - 1:02 pm
Feb 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin talks with the media before the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin appears ready to run an NBA team again.

Griffin, currently an analyst for NBA TV and SiriusXM, interviewed with the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday for their general manager vacancy Marc Stein of the New York Times reported.

Griffin and the Cavs parted ways in June 2017, days before his contract was set to expire after Griffin and owner Dan Gilbert were unable to come to an agreement concerning the direction of the franchise moving forward.

It could be argued that Griffin’s departure began the self-destruction of the Cavs.

Kyrie Irving, who demanded a trade, was dealt later that summer to conference rival Boston with the prize pieces sent in return being a broken-down Isaiah Thomas and an unprotected Brooklyn Nets first-round draft pick that turned into Collin Sexton.

LeBron James, who reportedly advised Gilbert not to trade Irving to the Celtics, left the Cavs in the summer of 2018 for the Los Angeles Lakers.

In addition to swinging the blockbuster trade with Minnesota in the summer of 2014 for Kevin Love, Griffin made a multitude of trades including acquiring Channing Frye, Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert while also clearing the books in 2014 to allow for James’ return which ultimately led to the 2016 NBA championship season.

The New Orleans Pelicans fired general manager Dell Demps on Feb. 15. Former Cavs general manager Danny Ferry has been serving as interim GM since.