WHAT 'The King' wants, the team gets.
AFTER trading for three-point specialist Kyle Korver, Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said they are not done in looking for new players who will strengthen the NBA’s defending champions chances of a repeat, particularly hoping to address the need for another playmaker their star LeBron James has been calling for.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since the Korver trade, Griffin revealed they are currently looking for someone who would help the team’s biggest stars James and Kyrie Irving in running the Cavs offense.
"It's something where we're all pretty keenly aware that it would help take some burden off of Kyrie and LeBron as our primary playmaker, so if we could get somebody else that could do it ... and it really doesn't even have to be a point guard; it's just we need playmaking," said Griffin.
“Obviously coach [Tyronn Lue] has done some creative things with Kevin Love to make offense run through him as well. But all season long, we've known we need more playmaking and just more intelligence at times on the floor in terms of the decision-making. We'll continue to try to improve," he added
The Cavs exec said he appreciated James' on going public to add a point guard but disagreed with the four-time MVP’s call for another backup big man to replace the injured Chris Andersen.
"I think his comment about needing a big, I'm not necessarily sure we're on that page, especially from the coaching staff's standpoint,” said Griffin who added that the Cavs benefit when James plays the power forward position when they play small.
Griffin said they are waiting how the situation develops as the Feb.23 trade deadline approaches.
"Maybe some teams that are still playing for right now may end up being in a situation where they start to set the deck for the future, but we need more teams to be out of the playoff picture to really be able to get business done," he said.