The Cleveland Cavaliers still don’t have a general manager, and it’s starting to look like it’s because the team’s owner, Dan Gilbert, is willing to pay even an average price for one.
Despite his public support from LeBron James, general manager David Griffin was let go after his contract ran out this offseason. That pact paid him under $2 million, “one of the lowest salaries in the league for that position,” according to ESPN.
During fruitless negotiations with Gilbert, Griffin sought a raise and more power in the organization.
After the dismissal of the general manager that helped assemble Cleveland’s first championship team in any sport in 52 years, the team sought to ink former NBA point guard Chauncey Billups as its president of basketball operations.
Gilbert reportedly offered Billups around $2 million for a position that typically starts at $4 million.
The Cavs owner is worth $5.9 billion.
“My desire is to be in the front office at some point,” Billups said. “I want the opportunity to build something special and to enjoy building it. That is something that would be very exciting to do, to build something desirable and sustainable.”
Cavaliers’ assistant general manager Koby Altman is in charge while the team’s search continues.