The Cleveland Cavaliers have an interim GM, an owner who promised the playoffs, a young team with tons of assets and a return trip to the lottery. Joe Dumars has a great playing career and a uniquely built NBA Championship from his executive days, and no job. Sound like a match made in heaven? Maybe only in Cleveland according to Sam Amico:
As for Dumars, he has been reassigned to the role of team “advisor.” But NBA sources think that won’t last long, that Dumars will find a more-prestigious role in a front office before summer’s end. It’s too early to speculate, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Dumars at least hears from Cleveland Cavaliers owner and Detroit native Dan Gilbert.
While that doesn’t mean that Dumars will be a shoe in for the role but he, along with his backcourt Isaiah Thomas have been mentioned and are the big names on the radar for the Cavs. Both Dumars and Thomas have name recognition and the ability to draw a crowd. Their personnel decisions in the past leave many begging the question “Why?”
Dumars in particular has struggled in the last few years. He gave big contracts to Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon. When that didn’t work he shipped a first round pick to the Bobcats just to get rid of Gordon. Then this last off-season he double dipped again signing Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith, 2 moves that didn’t seem to fit at the time, and still look like poor choices.
Yet there Dumars sits as a possible candidate to take control of the Cavaliers. Gilbert had Danny Ferry, an ex-player with executive experience. He added veteran after veteran to try to build around LeBron James. He then had Chris Grant who added young player upon young player, as well as draft assets, to go with star Kyrie Irving. Now he has interim GM David Griffin who has had little time to make his mark but seemed to spark the team, and added Spencer Hawes for next to nothing.
Is Dumars just a Detroit name that tantalizes Gilbert? Does he see what Miami, and now New York is trying, by bringing in a big name to be the face of the franchise and want Dumars to do that? Does he blame ownership for the 2 double dip summers that brought in talent for a lot of money and very few wins? Will Cleveland fans, or Irving as well, riot with the addition of Dumars? Lots of questions that could be answered very quickly after tonight’s game.
What do you think of Dumars? Any chance he could be a good fit? Who is #1 on your wish list for the GM/President/Executive position? What do you think of Griffin?