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August 20 2017, 02:08 | Van Peters
James sent out a tweet late Monday throwing shade at the Cleveland Cavaliers after they announced they would part ways with David Griffin, their now former general manager. Griffin's contract was up at the end of the month, but negotiations between the two sides broke down.
Chauncey Billups is at the top Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's list of candidates to fill the team's lead basketball executive role vacated by the departure of GM David Griffin, The Vertical reports.
In addition to his relationship with Gilbert, Billups is also close with Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue.
Gilbert has known Billups since his days with the Pistons. Inside basketball circles, he's well-liked, highly respected and would be a splashy hire for Gilbert, who has taken some criticism for his separation from Griffin, who helped build the Cavs and guided them to three straight Finals. To that end, Cleveland has been trying to land a premier player to pair with James and guard Kyrie Irving, likely by trading away Love.
The move occurred as rumors surfaced about the Cavaliers attempting to get Paul George in a trade from the Indiana Pacers and Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls. Hanging over everything in Cleveland is the possibility that James himself will leave the team in 2018, when he is expected to opt out of his contract.
The Cavs made no announcement on the new leadership but did say "We are confident our current front office will continue to aggressively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead". Reports said the Cavaliers' front office encountered trouble in trade talks because of the uncertainty about Griffin.