Cavs news: David Griffin is a fan of Cleveland’s offseason roster work
There are countless of reactions coming from all corners of the basketball world following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ press conference on Thursday, wherein they introduced newcomers Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic to the media. But few could be more insightful than former Cavs general manager, David Griffin.
During an appearance on ESPN’ The Jump, Griffin gave a brief, yet informative, breakdown pertaining to the outlook of the Cavs after all the moves done by the team’s current front office so far this offseason. Griffin was most impressed by the Cavs upgrading their defense that was toyed in last season’s NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors. Griffin was particularly positive of the addition of Crowder and Jeff Green to the roster, as he believes the two would make it easier for the team to adjust to opposing offenses.
“They’ve done a really good job of getting more defensive versatility with the Crowder piece. Jeff Green is a nice acquisition at minimum that is going to be versatile piece for them as well. “
Griffin also commented on the arrival of Derrick Rose to the team.
“I think Derrick Rose gave them the ability to withstand something like this in a Kyrie trade. They made it so that they could do a lot of different things so they are deeper, they are more versatile.”
David Griffin is also not overlooking the value of the first-round pick for next year’s draft that the Cavs got from Boston in the Irving trade. At the same time, he also believes that current Cavs general manager Koby Altman has plenty of tricks up his sleeve, meaning some more head-turning moves from Cleveland’s front office could be in the offing soon.
“But the most important thing is that pick also lets them put another pick into play to trade because they have a pick certain this year. They actually have the ability to have other vehicles at work to improve the team so I think Koby is a long way from done, and I think they’ve started the process very well.”