It’s been nearly a month since the Cavs and GM David Griffin “parted ways,” you know, the nice way of saying, “You’re fired.” Every time I think of it, I wonder if it went something like this:
Of course, that may seem like an oversimplification, but nevertheless, there’s a part of me that will always think this is exactly how it happened.
While some are calling Dan cheap (at least when it comes to his front office), it’s difficult to imagine that he let the guy who was the architect of the Cavs championship run walk because of money. It’s also been well-reported that Gilbert wasn’t willing to let Griffin have a new title to go along with a well-deserved bump in pay.
This was all about ego.
Which of course was bruised immensely once Chauncey “I Have No Front Office Experience” Billups turned Dan down cold when he offered him the job Griffin wanted (President of Basketball Operations). But again, Gilbert apparently low-balled the guy he targeted from the jump.
If that’s not weird, what is? You have a guy in mind, but again, you don’t want to spend market-value to hire him? After you don’t want to give a raise to the guy you let leave?
Maybe Dan is still smarting from paying so many former employees. He paid Mike Brown to beat him in last year’s Finals, and he’s paying both David Blatt to not coach the Cavaliers and Tyronn Lue to coach them. No one actually knows the answer to any of this, except Dan Gilbert.
So, what happens next?
Well, since Dan can’t get anyone to take the job, rumor has it he’s going to give it to Koby Altman on a permanent basis, but again, even though that information is coming from the Great Woj, it’s still just speculation.
And of course, at 34, Altman would be the youngest GM in the NBA, which will probably work in Gilbert’s favor three years from now when he fires him, regardless of how well or terrible he did the job.
So again, what happens next?
Believe it or not, we have the answer.
…wait for it.
…wait for it.
…You call the Cleveland Browns and ask permission to talk to Jonah Hill–I mean Paul DePodesta.
It really isn’t that big of a stretch, is it? DePodesta came to the Browns with virtually no experience in the NFL, but he has figured out a way to use analytics to build a team from the ground up. In fact, he and GM Sashi Brown were praised for making an NBA-like move, “fleecing” the Texans for a second-round draft pick by taking on Brock Osweiler’s contract.
See? He already understands how the NBA works.
Not only that, but can you imagine if Mr. Moneyball only had to fill out a roster of 15 instead of 25 or 53? That’s a challenge I have no doubt he’s willing to take.
Dan Gilbert doesn’t like spending money, but at the same time, breaks the bank in order to build/keep a championship roster. What if DePodesta could come in here and show him how to hoard draft picks and shed salary, all while getting younger and able to win later?
I mean, so far, the fans in Cleveland have embraced it with the Browns, right?
At this point, I think the Cavs should do whatever it takes to bring in DePodesta as the new Cavs President of Basketball Operations…
…I mean, it isn’t like Tom Izzo, John Calipari, or Chauncey Billups are walking through that door, right Dan?