A year ago, David Griffin was celebrating the Cleveland Cavaliers' first championship and the city's first title since 1964.
The Cavaliers couldn't seem to reach a compromise, and now their general manager of three years won't get his shot at a fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals - or one last trade for a LeBron James cohort.
Now Griffin is the former general manager of the Cavaliers after the team announced Monday that his contract will not be renewed when it expires June 30. He will never be forgotten in Cleveland, as he notably turned Dion Waiters into J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert.
The search for a new GM comes at a very interesting time for the Cavs, as noted by ESPN's Marc Stein.
Gilbert continued saying that the Cavaliers did not have an announcement regarding new leadership but said they are still exploring options. "We are confident our current front office will continue to aggresively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead".
Griffin's tenuous situation with the Cavaliers made any potential blockbuster a bit awkward, with other teams inquiring about the GM's future, according to The Vertical.