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Cleveland Cavaliers and General Manager David Griffin Part Ways

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue (L) and General Manager David Griffin in September 2016  (photo Urycki/ideastream)

The man who built a team of players around LeBron James and brought a championship to Cleveland in 2016 is moving on.

A statement from the Cavaliers chairman and owner Dan Gilbert:

"The Cleveland Cavaliers and its General Manager, David Griffin, have mutually decided not to extend David’s current contract, which ends June 30, 2017.

On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including most recently, his role in the franchise’s first NBA Championship. 

We have no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group, but we are confident our current front office will continue to aggressively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead."

The break comes at a time when the team is reportedly looking for a trade to strengthen the team for another run at a championship next year.