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David Griffin: Needs to Be A Priority In The Off-Season For The Cleveland Cavaliers!

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David Griffin Has The Juice!

LeBron James and Kevin Love went into TD Garden Wednesday night and destroyed the Boston Celtics 117-104. If you are a Cleveland fan you should utter the name David Griffin!

With both the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers leading their series, we may be on the verge of another NBA finals rematch. Whether Cleveland wins or loses this season, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has to be careful not to lose their general manager David Griffin.

From 2005 to 2010 former NBA, player and manager Danny Ferry assumed the role of general manager for the Cav’s. During LeBron’s first stint in Cleveland from 2003 to 2010, the Cav’s front office struggled to surround the Ohio native with support.

Over time the King evolved into a superstar and started to lead his team to the playoffs consistently. In 2007 LBJ led his team to the NBA finals. The Cavaliers front office provided James with talent, but not anyone who could play dominantly alongside the former MVP.

Throughout James, first stint in Cleveland management signed players such as Mo Williams, Shaquille O’Neal, Anthony Parker, Leon Powe, Antawn Jamison and Zydrunas Illgauskas. Most of the players that Cleveland acquired were past their prime, role players, or lacked versatility.

Year after year LeBron would lose in dramatic fashion, whether it was to the Celtics or Orlando Magic. James would plead to management for help, but would receive the exact opposite. Cav’s owner, Gilbert failed to make the proper moves to keep the King happy.

After a tough defeat at the hands of the Celtics in 2010, everyone knew that King James suited up in Cleveland for the last time.

In 2015, the King returned to Cleveland under the general management of Griffin. Griffin surrounded the prodigal son with Kyree Irving, Kevin Love, Iman Shumpert, JR. Smith, Matthew Dellavedova, Channing Frye, Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Richard Jefferson.

Griffin has done well by King James since he returned to Cleveland. Management has helped construct the team that LBJ has been asking for since 2006. Question, why would you let go of a GM who is strategic, bold and committed? Since taking over as general manger Griffin has only spent max money on four players.

Teams have made it clear that they would like to acquire Griffin. With Griffin the Cav’s have been to the finals two years in a row with the possibility to go a third time.

Mr. Gilbert you need to learn from your mistakes. Do not make the same mistake twice. Learn how to separate personal from business, but hey you are the owner!

If the Cavaliers win another championship they could potentially be on the road to a three-peat. However, the Cav’s need Griffin in order to do so!

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