The Cleveland Cavaliers and its General Manager, David Griffin, have mutually decided not to extend David's current contract, which ends June 30, 2017. James wants organization in his organization and any hint of dysfunction could portend another parting between James and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert.
The 47-year-old Griffin had been Cleveland's GM since May 2014. Bleacher Report's Howard Beck adds that LeBron is "disappointed" Griffin is leaving and by the timing of the departure, and that the change in leadership has James "concerned" about the franchise's trajectory.
The language James chose in that tweet - particularly when it came to "if no one appreciate you" - is more than interesting, as it seems like a shot towards Gilbert.
Through a flurry of moves, Griffin was able to clear enough salary cap space for the return of LeBron James via free agency, and the acquisition of Kevin Love in a trade. Assistant GM Trent Redden, whose contract also ends on June 30, is reportedly leaving the organization, as well, raising questions about who will be making personnel decisions as Thursday's National Basketball Association draft approaches.
Interestingly, in April, LeBron lobbied for Griffin to receive an extension, saying he deserved a new deal due to his prominent role in the franchise's success. Gilbert "didn't consult with" James before deciding not to renew Griffin's contract, Windhorst reports. "We got us 1 (trophy)".
Griffin's impact on the Cavaliers can't be understated.
No one was more shocked with this move by Cleveland team owner Dan Gilbert than Cavs superstar LeBron James. He also acquired J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks in January 2015, fired Blatt on Jan. 22, 2016, due to a "lack of fit" and replaced him with Tyronn Lue.
The new general manager will be the fifth since Gilbert bought the club in 2005.
"And then finally everybody is going to looking at what the Cavs did and does it give them any chance at all to beat Golden State next year".
"We are now at a point where the fit is not right for us to continue with one another", Griffin said in a statement that sounded like something he might say about a player being released.
It was Griffin - not Gilbert - who earned James' respect, and more importantly, trust over the last 3 years.
Gilbert said the team was not ready to name a replacement, although five-time All-Star Chauncey Billups' name surfaced as a potential candidate.