The Cleveland Cavaliers still need a miracle to make the playoffs. The Atlanta Hawks’ game against the Detroit Pistons could be the end of any hopes the Cavs, and their faithful, have of playing in the post season. Yet the team has played well as of late, especially since Chris Grant was fired, and David Griffin was named Interim GM. Since Grant was fired on February 6th the Cavs have posted a respectable 15 – 14, basically a .500 record. If the Cavs had that pace all year they would be in a basic tie with the Charlotte Bobcats for the 7th seed. Alas they did not and are ready to turn the page to the off-season.
When they do they will many decisions to make including the fate of Mike Brown, Griffin, free agents Luol Deng, C.J. Miles and Spencer Hawes, Anderson Varejao‘s contract option, who to sign with their huge cap space and who to draft, or trade for, with their lottery pick. Not an easy summer. Making decisions on Brown and Griffin should be top priority. Can Brown make it another year and really get to establish his system? Will a new GM want “his guy” instead of Brown? Will Griffin be given a chance at the GM job full time or with Dan Gilbert want a bigger name?
Griffin has a long established history in the league, dating back 21 years. He carries a good reputation and fits the professional profile. It wouldn’t be a bad fit, if a little bit cliquish between Jackson, Kerr, and Griffin, after Jackson basically ended the CAA influence over the Knicks in taking over.
Could Griffin getting attention from Jackson make Gilbert think twice about letting him go? Could the direction the team took since Griffin took over be a good sign for his ability to mold a roster, and jump start them? Do the last 4 games have any bearing on any of those big decisions? All questions Gilbert and his brain trust will have to answer soon after the season ends.
What do you think about keeping Griffin? Is there a big name you would rather have? Do you think a big name will come to Cleveland? What impact could a GM have on free agency this off-season?