Gilbert is looking for a general manager after parting ways with David Griffin on Monday as the Cavs regrouped after losing to Golden State in the NBA Finals. He played for the Pistons from 2002 to 2008 and then went on to play for three other teams before returning to the Pistons in 2013.
He was hired as the general manager for the Cavaliers in 2014 and Griffin made a huge impact on the franchise winning it's first National Basketball Association title ever in 2016. According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin this is what LeBron said: "It makes no sense why he shouldn't get an extension". The NBA draft is Thursday and megastar LeBron James is a free agent after next season. So we wouldn't be in this position, obviously, without him and without the guys that are here - from the coaching staff to the players to Griff. Apparently, nobody from the Cavaliers organization informed LeBron about this decision even though James advocated for Griffin's extension.
Check out LeBron's reaction to the news below.
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Carolina has about $24 million of cap space to play with and will have to add at least $6 million to get to the salary floor. There's also nothing barring Vegas from having a deal in place to select a player in order to trade him to another team.
Gilbert has known Billups since his days with the Pistons.
Billups, a likeable guy and five time All Star, played in the National Basketball Association for 17 seasons. Griffin's contract expires on June 30, and he and Gilbert made a decision to mutually part ways after being unable to negotiate an extension and not sharing the same vision for the team's future. Billups helped Detroit to an NBA championship in 2004 and also won that year's NBA Finals MVP award. According to Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers' front office had been in a "tough spot" this week while engaged in trade talks, "constantly needing to address Griffin's future with rival executives". It remains to be seen, when and if this happens.