Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has been mentioned as a candidate for head of basketball operations position recently created by the Atlanta Hawks.
Griffin’s contract is set to expire at the end of the Cavs’ season, and he is drawing strong interest around the league after becoming the first GM in franchise history to win a championship.
The Hawks re-shaped their front office, moving Mike Budenholzer out of his role as president and Wes Wilcox out of his role as GM. Budenholzer will remain as head coach, the Hawks announced in a statement.
Wilcox will remain on in another front office role, as a special assistant to ownership — although he reportedly is looking at other opportunities.
Wilcox once worked alongside Griffin, then an assistant GM, with the Cavs’ basketball management team.
Former NBA player Grant Hill is among the Hawks’ main owners, and as ESPN noted, was brought to Phoenix when Griffin was an executive with the Suns.
Griffin is also said to be the top candidate for the Orlando Magic’s general manager vacancy.
A report from ESPN initially linked Griffin to the Hawks.
League sources say Joe Dumars and David Griffin are expected to emerge as candidates in the Hawks' search for a new lead front-office voice
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 5, 2017