Central Rumors: Griffin, Cavs, Bucks, Pistons

While nothing is etched in stone, Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio (on Twitter) hears that the “feel inside” the organization is that David Griffin will be the Cavs‘ GM next season.  There has been question about whether Griffin would be retained or if he might jump ship to take the now vacant Pistons’ GM job.  More out of the Central..

  • Once the front office is in place, the source tells Amico (link) that the Cavs will seek “honest opinions” from players and management on whether they truly believe in coach Mike Brown.
  • The NBA has the right to buy back the Bucks from incoming owners Wesley Edens and Mark Lasry if a deal to a bring a new arena to the city is not in place by November 2017, sources briefed on the situation tell Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein of ESPN.com.  The team, purchased for $550MM, can be bought back by the league for $575MM in construction isn’t underway by the deadline.  One source added that the league would likely only take that step if it didn’t see “significant progress” by then.
  • Former Pistons executive Scott Perry could be ready for his shot as General Manager, writes Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News.  Perry had two stints with the Pistons, first as a college scout (2000-02) and then director of player personnel (2002-07) before leaving then returning as Vice President from 2008-12.  Perry, along with Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver, Warriors assistant GM Travis Schlenk, Celtics assistant GM Michael Zarren and Griffin, are the hot names Detroit will likely interview.
  • Questions swirl as the Cavaliers enter the offseason, writes Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer.  It remains to be seen who will stay and who will go, and that includes from Griffin, coach Mike Brown, free agents Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes, and even star Kyrie Irving.
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