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CAVS AND G.M. DAVID GRIFFIN GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS

The Cleveland Cavaliers and General Manager David Griffin have parted ways after 3 years and one NBA Championship. It was announced Monday night that the two sides could not agree on a new contract and had philosophical differences for the direction of the team.

 Here is the official press release from the Cavaliers:

Statement From Cleveland Cavaliers Chairman 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.

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Names that have surfaced as potential front office candidates in varying roles according to WHBC sources include Chauncey Billups, Justin Zanek, Joe Dumars and Larry Harris.

Via Twitter, Cavs All Star and All NBA First Team forward LeBron James had this to say about David Griffin’s departure:

LeBron JamesVerified account @KingJames

If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland! Thanks for what u did for the team for 3 yrs! We got us 1

11:32 PM – 19 Jun 2017

Tune in to the Kenny and JT Show on 1480 WHBC and WHBC.com Tuesday from 3p-7p for more on this developing story.

CAVS OWNER DAN GILBERT’S LETTER TO CAVS SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Cavs Press Release Logo

June 24, 2016

Thank You, Cleveland    

52 years. 18,802 days. 451,248 hours. 27,074,880 minutes. 1,624,492,800 seconds. Any way you cut it, that’s a long time to wait between major professional sports team championships. We are honored to have ended the drought, the curse, or whatever it was called, this past Sunday, June 19th, at 10:37 p.m. eastern time. No fan base, and no city, deserved this championship more than Cleveland, Ohio, and not because it had been so long since the last one.

But because you are the most loyal and passionate fans on the planet.

Your spirit and refusal to never stop believing is what fueled every single one of us at Quicken Loans Arena at One Center Court. Thank you for being the source of all that motivated so many great people to work together to reach our dream.

So, this city is no longer “Believeland.” It is now “Achieveland.” I’ve got a feeling this new era has just begun…

Dan Gilbert & The Entire Cleveland Cavaliers Family

CAVS AND TRISTAN THOMPSON AGREE TO TERMS

As the information made it’s way around Twitter on Wednesday night that Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers had come to terms on a new contract, there was no confirmation from the Cavs that this had actually happened. That was until Cavs owner Dan Gilbert took the stage at a special event for Cavs season ticket holders at the Cleveland Convention Center. Gilbert addressed the crowd and said, “Yes it is true.”

Dan Gilbert at Cavs Season Ticket Holders Event 10-21-15

 

Gilbert then went on to say they had reached a verbal agreement on a deal with the power forward and were hopeful the actual contract would get signed on Thursday. The Cavs owner then gave credit to his general manager David Griffin and managing partner Nate Forbes for finally getting the deal done.

 

Thompson’s agent Rich Paul told ESPN.com that the deal is for 5 years and $82 million dollars, with all the money guaranteed. The deal also doesn’t include a team or a player option.

Tristan Thompson Reaction Shot Game 3 vs Bulls

 

The 24 year old Thompson averaged 8.5 points per game and 8 rebounds per game last season for the Cavs, but upped those numbers in the playoffs to 9.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Thompson who has missed all of training camp, is entering his 5th season for the Cavs after being drafted with the 4th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

CAVS OWNER DAN GILBERT’S LETTER TO 2014-15 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

I am a Cavaliers season ticket holder and I figured I’d share with you the letter Cavs owner Dan Gilbert sent to me and all season ticket holders recently.

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Dan Gilbert Season Ticket Holder Letter 2014-15 – Page 1

Dan Gilbert Season Ticket Holder Letter 2014-15 – Page 2

MY ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE TO CLEVELAND’S SPORTS TEAMS OWNERS

Dan Gilbert, Jimmy Haslam and Paul Dolan,

Gentleman, I’ve completed the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” and did so by getting 3 buckets of ice ice water dumped on me so I could challenge the 3 owners of Cleveland’s sports teams to see who would step up and meet my challenge.

The clock is ticking, you have 24 hours, give or take a few, to complete the challenge. Can’t wait to see the video proof.

Here’s my video proof –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0SZSgwU0Zc

Kenny Roda

WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO DO FOR LOVE?

Guys, at one time or another, most of us have been in this situation before right? What are you willing to give up for love? What will you sacrifice for love?

Are you willing to give up your Monday night golf league with the fellas?

Are you willing to drop out of three of your four fantasy football leagues?

Are you willing to throw away your favorite sweatshirt you’ve had for fifteen years? You know the one, it’s faded, has holes in it, the collar is stretched out and you look like crap in it, but you don’t care because it’s your most comfortable shirt.

Are you willing to take Samba lessons, even though you can’t dance and your favorite band is George Thorogood and the Destroyers?

Love does crazy things to you. How far are you willing to go for love?

Kevin Love BR

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Well the Cavs are dealing with that kind of love now. G.M. David Griffin is asking himself if he really loves Love and what is his willing to give up for Love? It’s no secret the Cleveland Cavaliers fancy Kevin Love. They’d love to have Love on their team.

LeBron James wants Love. I know he just got married and is in love, and has his third child is on the way, but he wants another kind of love. The Love he had back in London in 2012 at the Olympics.

So will James force the Cavs against their wishes to do whatever it takes to get Love?

Will that pressure force David Griffin and owner Dan Gilbert to give up someone they really love in Andrew Wiggins in order to reunite “King James” with Love?David Griffin Draft Night Photo

Or will Griff and @CavsDan explain to LeBron, that while it may be painful, some love is worth waiting for and this is one of those times where Love is going to have to wait. Eventually Love could end up in Cleveland, but only on the Cavs terms, not Minnesota’s because the Cavs are only willing to sacrifice so much for Love.

And if Love is true in his willingness to connect with James once again, then he can make sacrifices too.  He can tell the Timberwolves and every other team in the NBA the only place where he would love to play, and the only place he’s willing to make a long term commitment is in Cleveland with LeBron.

So yes love hurts, the waiting can be painful, but when you do eventually find the right formula for love and there’s a compromise, love can be a beautiful thing.

The Cavs and the T-wolves are both hoping for a happy ending. The Timberwolves getting what they want in return for Love, and the Cavaliers getting Love, for what they are willing to sacrifice. But the big question still remains, what are the Cavs willing to give up for Love?

Chuck Woolery

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To make that Love connection happen, maybe the Cavs should call in an expert like Chuck Woolery for some help. Stay tuned to see how this Love story ends!

THE ANDREW WIGGINS FOR KEVIN LOVE TRADE DEBATE WITH SAM AMICO

FoxSportsOhio.com’s Sam Amico joined me once again and this time we debated about whether or not the Cavs should give up Andrew Wiggins in a trade package to acquire Kevin Love from Minnesota.

Sam Amico Photo

NO PAIN NO GAIN

My thoughts on the city of Cleveland’s pain over the last four years, and now it’s gain over at least the next four years. The King Has Come Home!

LeBron Powder Toss Photo

(photo courtesy David Richard)

KENNY RODA ON THE DAN DAKICH SHOW TALKING LEBRON 7-10-14

Had a blast talking about LeBron’s possible return to Cleveland with my buddy Dan Dakich on his Indianapolis radio show on ESPN 1070 The Fan.

CLEVELAND CAVS OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE ON KYRIE IRVING CONTRACT SIGNING

 

CAVALIERS AND KYRIE IRVING SIGN CONTRACT EXTENSION

July 10, 2014

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers announced today that the team and Kyrie Irving have agreed upon and signed a contract extension.  Per league policy, terms of the contract were not released.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Kyrie firmly at the core of our Cavaliers team and family for years to come,” said Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin. “He’s already proven he’s among the best in the NBA and we’re excited to watch his continued growth and success. To know that he is all in and shares our high expectations and championship goals is something we’re extremely proud of. It is a clear reflection of how we all view our future together, with Kyrie fully vested in this franchise and the city of Cleveland.”

Irving was the first overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Cavaliers and has career averages of 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 33.7 minutes through 181 games with the team. An NBA All-Star in each of the past two seasons, Irving was MVP of the 2014 All-Star Game where he became the second-youngest player to win the award.  Since Irving, the 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year, entered the league, he has the third highest scoring average among all NBA point guards. In 2013-14, he led all Eastern Conference point guards with 20.8 points, while also averaging 3.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 35.2 minutes per game. He was one of only six players in the NBA with averages of at least 20 points and six assists per game last season.

“We are excited that Kyrie has officially committed to be here long-term with the Cleveland Cavaliers,” said Cavs Majority Owner Dan Gilbert. “The future has never been brighter as we are building the team and franchise for sustainable success. Kyrie is obviously a very big piece of our plan.”