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Posts Tagged ‘Lance Blanks.’

Cavaliers hires former Suns executive David Griffin

Several media outlets are reporting today that the Cleveland Cavaliers have hired former Phoenix Suns executive David Griffin as their vice president of basketball operations.

David Griffin Cavs VP basketball operations (Suns photo)

Griffin, resigned as the Suns’ senior vice president of basketball operations when general manager Steve Kerr left in June. In Cleveland, he’ll be assisting general manager Chris Grant.

The Cavaliers front office has been in a transition mode since Danny Ferry left. He was replaced by his assistant Chris Grant. Also, vice president of basketball operations Lance Blanks resigned to become the Phoenix Suns general manager.

Griffin also had opportunities with Memphis and Denver.

compiled from staff, wire & television reports

Byron Scott on Cavaliers radar; front office asking former players about him

compiled from staff and wire reports

It seems that the frontrunner for the Cleveland Cavaliers coaching vacancy, is Byron Scott.

But before the front office gives him an offer, they’re going to talk to two of his former players to get some background info, Jason Kidd and Chris Paul.

Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant and assistant Lance Blanks have asked the New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets about his style, demeanor and reputation with the players.

Byron Scott (nba)

The Cavs have also asked the Nets send every one of their 2002 and 2003 playoff games, including the NBA Finals for review.

Scott had a combative history with Kidd while he coached the Nets and it ultimately led to Scott’s dismissal in 2004. Kidd had a problem with game preparation, nothing personal against Scott.

Chris Paul, on the other had, is a leading supporter of Byron Scott and even lobbied for the New Orleans Hornets not to fire him last season. Paul played in the NBA his first four seasons under Scott and is still close to him.

The Cavaliers are not the only team that Scott is interested in. He is up for the Los Angeles Clippers job and would love a chance to coach his former Lakers’ team should Phil Jackson retire or move on to another team.