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Raja Bell: David Griffin Was Willing To Work Through Draft And Kyrie Trade Situation Before End Of Cavaliers Tenure

To say it hasn’t been the easiest of seasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers would be an understatement, as the last month alone has been enough to question the Cavaliers’ chances come May and June. The team has suffered a lot of tough losses on the floor and have yet to really find a chemistry with new point guard Isaiah Thomas, who was acquired in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. Thomas has yet to look comfortable in his role with Cleveland and his lack of defense certainly hasn’t helped.

Reports have surfaced that LeBron James was not exactly thrilled with the organization’s decision to acquire Thomas along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the 2018 Brooklyn Nets first-round pick this past summer. James had hoped Cleveland would instead refuse to trade Irving or find a more ideal return for the uber-talented guard. However, the organization went with the trade agreed upon with the Celtics and the cards are already dished out to LeBron and company.

Things could have been different for the Cavs had they kept general manager David Griffin, one former Cavalier says.

That Cavalier would be former executive Raja Bell, a fourteen-year pro that spent time with six seasons. Bell was on 92.3 The Fan this afternoon and spoke with Adam The Bull and Dustin Fox about what could have been if Griffin had been retained.

And that’s where a lot of the problem lies. Griffin was not brought back by Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert and as a result, the Cavs rushed through a deal with new general manager Koby Altman and Gilbert. Gilbert has also reportedly bonded well with Isaiah Thomas, as a source said Thomas has become a “favorite” of Gilbert’s. One must wonder how much a Griffin-orchestrated deal would have done to help the Cavaliers’ cause.

The other thing to take away from Bell’s talk about Griffin is despite the fact he wouldn’t be retained by Gilbert for this upcoming season, he offered to help the Cavaliers throughout the draft process as well as help complete the Kyrie Irving trade debacle.

Things like this make one wonder where Gilbert’s head is in terms of the franchise’s direction. After losing out on Griffin and Irving, the going could get a lot tougher.

Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.

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