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Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball team general manager David Griffin speaks at a press conference announcing a new partnership with Goodyear Tires in Cleveland in May

But, as the sun started to set in Northeast Ohio something totally unexpected happened to the Cleveland Cavaliers faithful as owner Dan Gilbert and David Griffin mutually chose to part ways, leaving the team in a full-on crisis mode.

After extensive talks with owner Dan Gilbert, Griffin simply had a different vision regarding the future of the team.

Considering how important LeBron James is to the Cavaliers, doing something against his will is not a smart move.

There were disputes between Griffin and Gilbert between the direction of the franchise and also possibly the salary that Griffin was looking for.

But not keeping Griffin rubs a lot of people, including LeBron James, the wrong way. James" camp was naturally "surprised" with the move, as per ESPN's Ryen Rusillo, and that James himself was "disappointed" and "concerned' with the implications of this move on the Cavs' future, according to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck. Gilbert said in a statement Monday, June 19, 2017, that the Cavaliers will not extend Griffin's current contract when it expires June 30. In his latest Uninterrupted video, released before Game 4 of the Finals, James said that his mother Gloria and wife Savannah did not want him to return to Cleveland in the summer of 2014. The Cavs will try to improve their roster this summer as superstar LeBron James enters his final season under contract.

According to Cleveland.com, James was not consulted on the decision to bring back Griffin. "We got us 1 (trophy)", wrote James on his Twitter account.

The Magic in mid-May asked the Cavaliers permission to interview Griffin.

Sources say the Cavs and general manager David Griffin will part ways. James' contentious relationship with Gilbert is well-documented, as is his admiration for the job Griffin did as general manager.

Griffin had fretted over the Cavaliers' maddening inconsistency in the second half of the regular season, but the team found its stride in the playoffs and swept in and Toronto in the first two rounds.

While Jefferson said he was discouraged by the news, especially that Chauncey Billups' name had already come up as a potential replacement - "The body is not even cold yet", Jefferson said - he also said the Cavaliers players will not waver from their focus.

In his early years, Irving struggled with injuries, but just one season ago, it was his last-minute 3-pointer that served as the game-winning points in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.