"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 has been acting general manager since February 6th, 2014. Brown was hired as head coach on April 24th, 2013."
Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert said Griffin's experience makes him an excellent fit as general manager, per the same update.
"Our ownership group is looking forward to David Griffin leading the basketball side of our business. 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.
"More importantly, he is a general manager who is aligned with our culture and philosophy which is the foundation pf how we do business. David is not only passionate about his own job but also cares deeply about the success of everyone around him."
Griffin told the team's official website he is honored to be named Cavaliers general manager.
"Our ownership's commitment to this franchise and the fans of Cleveland is absolute. 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."
Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Cleveland Plain Dealer adds more details regarding Brown's dismissal as well as some ideal candidates who can replace him.
"Brown, who went 271-138 in his first five-year stint in Cleveland during the LeBron James era, was brought back by (former Cavaliers general manager Chris) Grant to improve the Cavs defense, which was last in the league in 2012-13.
"They finished 12th in the league in opponent field-goal percentage this season, but that was not enough to save Brown's job. No one was happy with the fact that the Cavs finished the season 33-49 and missed the playoffs, and players were not enamored of his defense-first philosophy or his coaching style, which included a lot of talking and teaching.
"Brown could not be reached for comment. His assistant coaches remain under contract.
"Griffin, who spent 17 years with the (Phoenix) Suns before joining the Cavs in 2010, will head the coaching search, which likely will include some of his former Suns colleagues, including Alvin Gentry, Vinny Del Negro and Steve Kerr, although Kerr is rumored to be very close to becoming head coach of the New York Knicks.
"Former Suns coach Mike D'Antoni's emphasis on offense would be too drastic a change for a team that worked so hard to improve its defense last season.
"In recent weeks, former Cavs coach George Karl, who was the coach of the year in Denver in 2013, has made it clear he'd like to return to an active role in the league after a season at ESPN, and former Cavs coach Mike Fratello also is interested in returning to the coaching ranks after a number of years as a broadcaster.
"Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin also was linked to the Cavs within minutes of Brown's firing."
Brown, who led Cleveland to the 2007 NBA Finals and the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals, was dismissed for the second time in two seasons. The Los Angeles Lakers fired him just five games into the 2012-13 NBA season, per USA TODAY Sports.