In a stunning move, the Cavs have released Mike Brown after one season as head coach. In a press release that simultaneously removed the “interim” title from GM David Griffin’s job description, Mike Brown was fired.
“This is a very tough business. It pains all of us here that we needed to make the difficult decision of releasing Mike Brown. Mike worked hard over this last season to move our team in the right direction. Although, there was some progress from our finish over the few prior seasons, we believe we need to head in a different direction. We wish Mike and his family nothing but the best,” said Gilbert.
David Griffin was praised for his work in taking over from Chris Grant. Gilbert Continued.
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.
More importantly, 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.
The timing was bizarre to say the least, and the status of $16 million dollars remaining on Mike Brown’s contract has not been discussed. The press release ends with a note that Griffin is leading an “immediate” search for a new Cavaliers head coach.