CLEVELAND -- David Griffin has been named General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Mike Brown has been released as head coach, the team announced today.
Griffin had been acting General Manager since Feb. 6. Brown was hired as head coach April 24, 2013.
Griffin is leading an immediate search for the Cavaliers' new Head Coach. The current Cavaliers assistant coaches remain under contract and working with the team.
The Cavs say they chose Griffin because they believe he is the best person to lead the franchise at this critical time and into the future.
The Cavs also said he is a general manager "...who is aligned with our culture and philosophy which is the foundation of how we do business. David is not only passionate about his own job but also cares deeply about the success of everyone around him. His presence alone creates an infectious positive environment with players, coaches, front office people and even our fan base. We already saw some progress in the short time David led our basketball side in the latter part of this past season. Clearly, we have substantial work ahead of us and I am confident that Griff will play an essential part of the growth and success of our organization," said Dan Gilbert, Majority Owner of the Cavaliers."
The Cavs record was 16-33 (.326) when Griffin became acting GM, then went on to close the season with a 17-16 (.520) record following his appointment.
Griffin joined the Cavaliers as vice president of basketball operations in September 2010. Prior to joining the Cavaliers, he spent 17 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, the last three as the club's senior vice president of basketball operations after being named to the position in June 2007. Griffin joined the Suns basketball operations group in 1997 and performed various roles with the team including assistant general manager of player personnel, director of player personnel and assistant director of player personnel.
"Over the last several months it has become clear to me that the Cavaliers are on the cusp of reaching the higher level of success that we all want and our fans so greatly deserve. At the same time, it has become apparent that certain changes are needed. We now have the assets to make those necessary changes and additions to our team," Griffin stated.
Brown finished the 2013-14 season with a 33-49 record and 10th place in the Eastern Conference. He also served as Head Coach of the Cavaliers from 2005-2010 and his life time record with the Cavs was 305-187.