LeBron James is beginning to become more vocal in his support of Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
At least, that’s the word from league sources.
According to sources, James walked out of the practice facility Tuesday, shaking his head and loudly wondering why Griffin “wouldn’t be able to get a new contract.” James appeared to be speaking to no one in particular, but wanted to send a message — the Cavaliers superstar wants Griffin to return.
James has been repeatedly dropping these type of hints, which are growing louder by the week, sources said. But he does not appear to have any plans to speak to owner Dan Gilbert directly about the matter.
Neither ownership nor members of the team consider James’ occasional mentions of the Griffin situation to be a distraction. In fact, even Gilbert is said to admire the star player’s support of the front office.
Nor is it considered a hindrance in the Cavs’ quest to defend their championship. They have yet to lose a playoff game and lead the Toronto Raptors, 2-0, in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Meanwhile, one dialed-in source described the situation between Griffin and ownership as “not good.”
As ESPN first reported, Griffin has been operating on the final year of his deal after failing to reach an extension with ownership last summer.
Also, multiple outlets have reported Griffin is the top candidate for the GM vacancy with the Orlando Magic. The Magic can speak with Griffin as soon as the Cavs’ season ends.
James has already spoken publicly about the Griffin ordeal.
“It makes no sense why he shouldn’t get an extension,” James told ESPN. “He’s pulled every move. He’s tried to make every move happen, to better this team to be able to compete for a championship. We wouldn’t be in this position, obviously, without him and without the guys that are here — from the coaching staff to the players to Griff. He’s been a big piece of it.”
Now, it appears James is growing even louder in his staunch support of the Cavs GM.