New Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin: “We’re going to buy…” Who is Griffin?

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Jul 23, 2013; Independence, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers vice president of basketball operations David Griffin introduces first round draft pick Sergey Karasev during a press conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

For Cleveland Cavaliers’ fans the two game winning streak is exciting, Dion Waiters dunk is great but hearing new GM David Griffin say the team will be buying at the trade deadline has to be down right exhilarating. He was quoted in this News Herald article as responding to the question if the team would be sellers by saying:

“I don’t see how you get better and win more games selling,” Griffin said. “We’re going to buy to the extent that it makes us better for the long haul. I don’t think we’re going to do anything that’s an act of desperation. I think we’re going to be willing to buy the right asset at the right price. We are dedicated 100 percent from top to bottom to getting better and that’s what we’re going to do.”

So that most likely means we can shelve our fun but selling article on 4 options for the Cavs if they move Deng before the trade deadline (still a good read mind you). Instead we will look forward later today at what trade assets the Cavaliers have to move and how Griffin could turn his plans in to reality as we look at trade opportunities over the rest of the week.

We, like many of you, knew very little about Griffin. The only memory was of the Sergey Karasev press conference, photo above, where Griffin came out to introduce him. Griffin didn’t present powerfully there, not did his presence make the drafting of Karasev seem important, where was GM Chris Grant? But since then there was much we have learned about Griffin, with #1 being he is not just Grant’s sidekick. He has been on the fast track to a GM job for a few years.

First, let me be clear: David Griffin does not need Dan Gilbert or the Cleveland Cavaliers’ charity. He would have been an NBA GM someday even had Grant not been canned. Hell, he could have been one already. He was Steve Kerr’s right hand in Phoenix during Kerr’s General Manager tenure and declined to interview for the vacancy left by Kerr’s resignation.

In a great article on Waiting For Next Year we get some more insight into Griffin. Joe does a great job of breaking down Griffin’s history and what we might come to expect from him. Encourage you to go read the whole article to get a better sense of the Cavaliers new, and interim, GM.

What do you think of Griffin’s statements? After reading the WFNY article are you more encouraged? Do you want to end this Cavaliers article watching the awesome Dion Waiters dunk from last night? If so click to the next page to enjoy once again.

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