Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert trusted David Griffin to lead the team through a tumultuous stretch of games after former general manager Chris Grant was relieved of duty near the NBA All-Star Weekend.
Griffin did not disappoint Gilbert, as the Cavaliers posted a winning record, 17-16, following his appointment to interim general manager. And with the Cavaliers remaining in the playoff race until the first week of April, that was all the proof Gilbert needed to determine Griffin could handle the job.
Gilbert elevated Griffin to the position of general manager on Monday.
"Our ownership group is looking forward to David Griffin leading the basketball side of our business," Gilbert said in a release from the team. "We interviewed several strong candidates for the GM position, including Griff.
"We chose David as our GM because we believe he is the best person to lead our franchise at this critical time and into the future. David brings over two decades of experience. He knows the ins and outs of this league as well as anyone and is also an outstanding talent evaluator."
Griffin has been with the Cavaliers since the start of the 2010 season, when he joined the team as vice president of basketball operations. Previously, he was with the Phoenix Suns in various front-office capacities for 17 years.
According to Gilbert, Griffin "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," Gilbert said. "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."
Griffin and the Cavaliers' front office will be in Chicago for the NBA's pre-draft player combine this weekend, and are also in the midst of preparing for this summer's free-agency period. And they do so knowing they have the full support of Gilbert and the Cavaliers' ownership group."Our ownership's commitment to this franchise and the fans of Cleveland is absolute," Griffin said. "I feel that commitment, not only by the resources they make available but also, with their tireless passion for delivering a championship-caliber team. Our entire organization reflects that passion and commitment. I am humbled and honored to be put in position to aggressively work with them, all of our front office staff and anyone who can contribute to achieving that vision."