Report: David Griffin Left Behind Plans for Cavs to Acquire Jimmy Butler or Paul George

david griffin left cavs plans to acquire jimmy butler and paul george

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David Griffin may no longer be the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but if the team pulls off a major trade prior to Thursday’s NBA Draft they’ll have him to thank for it.

According to Joe Vardon of, Griffin had worked out deals to bring either Jimmy Butler or Paul George to Cleveland. However, he didn’t scuttle those plans when he and the team decided to part ways. He left them behind for his successor. Now sources are saying these deals could still happen.

Both deals would reportedly involve trading Kevin Love to a third team, which would then send draft picks and role players to the Bulls or Pacers in exchange for Butler or George.

Butler is under contract for two more seasons and it is unclear how motivated the Bulls will be to trade their franchise player. However, it was reported this week that George has told the Pacers he plans to leave via free agency in 2018. While he has made it clear that his preferred destination is with the Lakers, one would have to think he’d happily go play one year with LeBron and Kyrie and possibly win a championship.

Stay tuned. This could get interesting.

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