Ex-Cavs GM Griffin to interview with Knicks

Sam Amico

Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin will interview for the New York Knicks' vacant position of team president, Amico Hoops sources confirmed Thursday night.

Griffin's contract with the Cavs officially expires Friday, but he and owner Dan Gilbert decided to part ways early last week.

The Knicks and former team president Phil Jackson did the same Wednesday -- creating what may be a natural fit for Griffin, the GM during the Cavs' run to their first championship in 2016.

ESPN first reported the Knicks' decision to interview Griffin.

Along with shaping the roster around stars LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, Griffin helped improve the culture in the Cavs' locker room in the spring of 2014, before James returned to Cleveland.

Griffin fired coach Mike Brown just one season into Brown's second stint, then later fired coach David Blatt less than a year after Blatt led the Cavs to the second Finals appearance in franchise history. The Cavs were 30-11 in Blatt's second season when Griffin pulled the plug.

Griffin named Tyronn Lue as Blatt's successor, and the Cavs proceeded to win the championship, becoming the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals.

The Cavs lost in five games to the Golden State Warriors this past season. The Cavs and Warriors have met in the Finals three straight years. Griffin was the the GM for each of those Cavs' championship appearances.

The Knicks are also said to be interested in Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri and Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti for the role.