The Orlando Magic have requested to speak with Cavaliers general manager David Griffin but are getting no response.
At least, that’s the latest from Yahoo Sports, which reported Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has been “unresponsive to the request.”
If true, there are probably a few reasons for that.
First, Gilbert believes Griffin will be back. It’s true Griffin becomes the GM version of a free agent as soon as the Cavs’ season ends — but both sides are growing confident a deal of some sort will be reached.
Second, and perhaps more important, the Cavs are in the middle of another playoff run, with the Eastern Conference finals beginning Wednesday at Boston.
So now may not be the best time for the Magic to request a moment with the Cavs’ top basketball decision-maker.
This isn’t to say everything is perfect between Griffin and Cavs ownership.
Per Yahoo Sports, “So far, Cleveland hasn’t made a substantive offer to Griffin, league sources told The Vertical.”
Also, a source familiar with the talks (or lack thereof) told Amico Hoops earlier this month that the situation between Griffin and the Cavs is “not good.”
Also, according to Yahoo Sports:
“There’s been a consistent belief inside and outside the Cavaliers’ organization that Griffin will aggressively pursue the Magic’s president job because of Cleveland’s unwillingness to offer him a market-level contract. Through the years, most in the employ of Gilbert believe that he has increasingly devalued the position of GM in his mind, believing that he can replace Griffin the way he did Chris Grant and Danny Ferry within the Cavaliers: promoting from within and paying less salary.”
Meanwhile, the Magic have reportedly made Griffin their top choice to replace Rob Hennigan as the man running the basketball operations.
The Atlanta Hawks are also reportedly eyeing Griffin as a candidate for their own GM vacancy.
No less than Cavs star LeBron James has come out in support of Griffin.
“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.”