Now that the interim tag has been removed from Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin’s job title, his first order of business begins this week at the NBA predraft camp.
The Cavs will learn on Tuesday where they’re picking in the first round of next month’s draft, but until then, executives from around the league are descending on Chicago this week to poke and prod most of the eligible players.
Not all will attend. The projected top three picks — Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins — are all expected to skip the combine. Barring a miracle, that won’t affect the Cavs much. They’re projected to pick ninth next month after securing top-four picks in each of the last three drafts.
Griffin has spoken at length about changing the fit on the Cavs’ roster. He has referenced the strength of this team as having two ball-dominant, drive-and-kick guards in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. In order for the “kick” in that scenario to be effective, however, the Cavs need better shooting.
That’s likely what the Cavs will be searching for this summer, either through the draft or trade.
“I think the fit of our roster needs to be pieces that make sense,” Griffin said. “We need to be able to open the floor for them.”
Griffin has identified five areas for improvement: to get bigger, tougher, better shooters, the fit of the roster and developing a higher basketball IQ.
“I think we have very, very good talent,” Griffin said. “I think we have all of the assets necessary to go acquire other talents. This will not be something that requires overwhelming changes philosophically. It’s going to be things that require putting all the chips on the table and saying, ‘This piece is the one we need to advance our cause,’ and we’re ready to do that.”
As for replacing Mike Brown as coach, the Cavs could have conversations this week in Chicago, although Griffin stopped short of saying any candidates will be interviewed there.
One NBA team with a coaching vacancy has already contacted UConn’s Kevin Ollie, a source close to Ollie said Wednesday. It’s unclear which team it was, but one source said it wasn’t the Los Angeles Lakers. That leaves the Cavs, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Cavs have interest in Ollie, another league source said, but it’s unclear whether they are the team that contacted him. He is interested in moving on to the NBA, sources said, after winning a national championship with the Huskies.
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