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New Faces for Cavaliers Front Office

By Douglas DiLillo

A turnover of faces on the court won’t be the only changes for the Cleveland Cavaliers when they start their 2010 campaign.

The Cavaliers announced several moves in the front office this week including a new Vice President and Executive Director of Basketball Operations.

David Griffin, who spent the last 17 years with the Phoenix Suns, will work with General Manager Chris Grant on all aspects of on court operations including scouting, player personal and the draft as the new Vice President of Basketball Operations.

Michael Blackstone, the new Executive Director of Basketball Operations, comes to the Cavaliers after spending time with the Shapiro Negotiations Institute in Baltimore. At SNI he worked with several different companies including Wachovia, Bank of America and also the Cleveland Indians.

The Cavaliers organization is excited to continue moving forward both on the court and in the front office.

“We are extremely proud to promote and advance the careers of the high-quality people already within our organization. These individuals have helped us develop our strong foundation,” said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. “At the same time, we are pleased to have built an organization and a culture that attracts talented, successful, hard-working individuals.”

Other moves include Derek Millender as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Physical Training Coordinator for Player Development. Stephen Spiro as Assistant Athletic Trainer along with Kwame Graves-Fulgham as Video Coordinator.

The Cavaliers also announced the promotions of several other members of the current staff.

David Henderson has been named the Director of East Coast Scouting and Wes Wilcox is the new Director of Player Personal. Trent Redden will be promoted to Basketball Operations Manager/Scout, Dan Vincent to Assistant Video/Coordinator/Advance Scout Manager and Larisha Whatley to Player Programs and Team Services Manager.


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