David Griffin left the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 16-17 season as he was unable to agree to a new contract.
But Griffin revealed this week that he had made up his mind about leaving the Cavaliers before then.
“Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun. I was miserable,” Griffin said. “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 stepped away from the league for two whole years before joining the New Orleans Pelicans.
“I didn’t watch the league, and I didn’t love the game anymore,” Griffin said. “I was so fixated on outcome that I just totally lost my joy.
“I was kind of chomping at the bit to do it right.”
With the Pelicans, Griffin will have the opportunity to build over the long-term.
“Culturally, I’ve always wanted to raise a family at a team,” Griffin said.