Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is expected to meet with general manager David Griffin within the next few days and offer a significant pay raise and perhaps a loftier title, league sources reiterated to Amico Hoops.
The Cavs fell to the Golden State Warriors in five games in the NBA Finals on Monday and Griffin’s contract expires at the end of the month.
Gilbert told Cleveland.com he expects to meet with Griffin within the next few days. A meeting could take place as soon as Wednesday, sources said.
One thing working in the Cavs’ favor is Griffin is no longer linked to any openings around the league. Both the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks have filled their GM vacancies, and despite several reports, Griffin was never considered a serious candidate by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Amico Hoops reported last month that Gilbert had made it known to partners and others around the organization that he had planned to offer Griffin a substantial contract and title to remain with the team.
A few members of the organization and many opposing league executives have told Amico Hoops they believe Gilbert has always intended to re-sign Griffin — and several people under Griffin have made it known to ownership that they greatly admire their GM and the positive work environment he has created, sources said.
Gilbert is said to value these opinions and the strong atmosphere Griffin is credited with developing in both the locker room and team offices.
On top of all that, Griffin oversaw the Cavs’ run to their first championship in 2016, shaping the team around LeBron James — and making what many viewed as a risky coaching change from David Blatt to Tyronn Lue in the middle of last season.
James has voiced strong opinions about the team’s need to keep Griffin, both at the practice facility, as Amico Hoops reported, and in his comments publicly.
“It makes no sense why (Griffin) 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.”