The Cleveland Cavaliers are still trying to decide what they are going to do with the front office. It still remains to be seen whether or not David Griffin will stay with the team as the general manager. There have been rumors that Dan Gilbert would ideally be able to add somebody with championship experience to the team. He wants somebody that knows what it takes to win at a high level. He wants somebody who has been around for a long time -- a proven winner. While David Griffin is not that, he's still very qualified to be the general manager. And if the Cavs let him go, it's expected that he'd be scooped up by another team rather quickly.
So what's the best way for the Cavs to keep David Griffin and get somebody who is a proven winner in the front office? Just add a position. Several teams have "team presidents" that operate on a slightly different level than the general manager. For example, Phil Jackson was just hired by the Knicks to be their team president. If Dan Gilbert is determined to get more experience in the Cavs' front office, hiring somebody as the team president could be the way to go.
Earlier this week, the Plain Dealer reported that George Karl would be interested in being the Cavaliers' team president, if Dan Gilbert chooses to make that job available.
"Being a leader, running a team and organizing a group with the common goal of winning a championship would be the ultimate challenge in my career,'' Karl said via email from Germany, where son Coby is playing.
I think that'd be a pretty sweet deal. George Karl coached in Cleveland before and he has a long history of successful (and highly entertaining) teams. I have no idea whether or not this is the way that Dan Gilbert will try to go. There's still a chance that he entertains the idea of bringing in Isiah Thomas. Obviously, Cavs fans would much prefer Karl to Thomas. We still don't have a whole lot of information to go off of, but it's interesting that George Karl seems to be highly interested in a front office job if the Cavs come calling.
"Feel great and would love to expand the challenge of putting an organization together and bringing a fun committed basketball team to Cleveland,'' Karl said.