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Cavs, GM David Griffin to part ways

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Feb 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin talks with the media before the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena. © Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin talks with the media before the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are entering a critical time for their franchise, and they may be doing so under new leadership.

The Cavs and GM David Griffin are parting ways, as first reported by ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Griffin has been with the Cavs since 2010, serving as GM since 2014. Reports have said that Griffin was seeking a significant raise from Cleveland after receiving interest from the Magic, Hawks and Bucks this offseason.

Griffin reportedly has been making under $2 million per year as the Cavs’ GM, which is under market for an executive whose team has reached three straight Finals.

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski says Chauncey Billups is expected to emerge as a front-runner for the job:

Whoever takes over has the task of trying to construct a roster that’s better suited to take on the Warriors. The Cavs are in the middle of trade talks for both Paul George and Jimmy Butler.

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