Cavs fire Brown, name Griffin GM
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Monday that they fired coach Mike Brown and named David Griffin general manager.
Brown's second stint as the Cavaliers' coach lasted just one season.
The Cavs finished 33-49 and 10th in the Eastern Conference this season. Brown was also coach from 2005-2010. His overall record with Cleveland was 305-187.
"This is a very tough business. It pains all of us here that we needed to make the difficult decision of releasing Mike Brown," owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement. "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."
Brown also coached the Los Angeles Lakers to a 41-25 record in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. He was fired five games into the 2012-13 season.
"Our ownership support provides the highest level of resources, flexibility and commitment to aggressively do whatever we believe needs to be done in order to win. There is no harder working or better human being in our league than Mike," Griffin said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision. We thank Mike for his efforts and wish him, his wife Carolyn, and their family only the best."
Griffin had been acting GM since February.
"Our ownership group is looking forward to David Griffin leading the basketball side of our business," Gilbert said. "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."
The Cavaliers were 16-33 when Griffin became acting GM, and 17-16 afterward. Griffin joined the Cavs as vice president of basketball operations in September 2010. Prior to that, he spent 17 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, the last three as the team's senior vice president of basketball operations.
While Griffin and the Cavs search for a new head coach, the current assistant coaches remain under contract with the team.