David Griffin (NBA executive)
David Griffin in 2014
1973 (age 42–43)|
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Education||Arizona State University|
(with Cavaliers) 2010–present|
(as GM) 2014–present
Early basketball career
Griffin started as a tournament director for the NIKE Desert Classic pre-draft camp. He was also an assistant coach at Scottsdale Community College. Later, he worked as part of the basketball press information team during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
Griffin spent 17 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, beginning with interning for the team in 1993 while he was still a student at Arizona State University (where he eventually graduated from in 1995 with a degree in political science), including the last three as the club’s senior vice president of basketball operations after being named to the position in June 2007.
In September 2010, Griffin was named vice president of basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers. On February 6, 2014, he was named the acting general manager for the Cavaliers, after the firing of Chris Grant from that position. In his first trade since becoming acting GM, Griffin traded forward Earl Clark, center Henry Sims, and draft picks to the Philadelphia 76ers for center Spencer Hawes. On May 12, 2014, the Cavaliers announced that Griffin would be named as permanent, full-time general manager.
In the following weeks after being named permanent GM, Griffin brought in Euroleague Champion and Coach of the Year David Blatt as head coach, drafted Andrew Wiggins with the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, signed LeBron James back four years after the infamous "Decision", and acquired All-Star forward Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade. In order to acquire Love, Griffin gave Wiggins and former #1 overall pick Anthony Bennett to the Wolves.
- Jodie Valade (February 6, 2014). "Who is Cleveland Cavaliers' acting general manager David Griffin?". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
- Cleveland Cavaliers. "Executive Bios and Directory". Retrieved February 8, 2014.
- ESPN (September 10, 2010). "Source: Cavs add David Griffin as VP". Retrieved February 8, 2014.
- "Griifin named full time GM". WKNR. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
|Current heads of basketball operations in the National Basketball Association|
|Note: Those listed here either hold the title President of Basketball Operations or General Manager, or both.|
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