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David Griffin Was 'Miserable' Building Championship Roster for LeBron, Cavaliers

Griffin said "I knew I was gonna leave," after the Cavaliers won the 2016 Finals. 

Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said he was "miserable" during his three-year stint leading Cleveland's front office from 2014-17, which included a stretch with three-straight trips to the NBA Finals.

"Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun. I was miserable,” Griffin told Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer. “Literally the moment we won the championship I knew I was gonna leave. There was no way I was gonna stay for any amount of money.”

Griffin and the Cavaliers won the 2016 Finals over the Warriors in LeBron James second season with the franchise after his four-year stint in Miami. Griffin left the Cavs in June 2017, starting a two-year stretch as an analyst for NBA TV.

“I didn’t watch the league, and I didn’t love the game anymore [after the 2016 Finals],” Griffin told Fischer. “I was so fixated on the outcome that I just totally lost my joy.”

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Griffin is now back in an NBA front office after his television tour. He was hired as the Pelicans' executive vice president of basketball operations in April.