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Tyronn Lue says he “stayed out” of the Cavs’ GM search

Cleveland’s coach cited his relationship with both David Griffin and Chauncey Billups as why.

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Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is currently in Las Vegas on vacation and observing the Cavs’ summer league team. While there, he spoke to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon about the team’s GM search. He said he stayed out the team’s pursuit of Chauncey Billups, a close friend of Lue’s.

“I talked to him about the situation," Lue said, per cleveland.com. "Any time you get the chance to advance, be the president and GM, it's always something great. I know it's something he always wanted to do. But I just kind of stayed out of the situation because I was so close to Griff, so close to Chauncey, so I didn't want anything to do with it.”

As Vardon notes, Lue and Billups are possibly best friends. Had Billups taken the job, there would have been a weird power dynamic between the two. Even though Griffin and Lue had a strong relationship, the former could call out the latter as necessary. It’s worth noting, too, that Griffin was the one who gave Lue his job after firing David Blatt during the 2015-16 season.

“You know how it affects me, he gave me my job,” Lue said per cleveland.com.

It’s hard to blame Lue for not wanting to getting involved in these discussions. For him, there are issues with taking one side over the other. As ever, the Cavs’ search for Griffin’s replacement is complicated for everyone.