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Report | Magic targeting Cavaliers David Griffin

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin speaks at a news conference before an NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers found a coveted wing shooter before the trading deadline. To get him, though, they had to say goodbye to one of their most popular players. Adding another scoring threat for star LeBron James, the Cavaliers acquired forward Channing Frye from the Orlando Magic on Thursday in exchange for center Anderson Varejao. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
AP Photo/Tony Dejak

Almost seven years ago, superstar forward LeBron James left Cleveland to take his talents down to Florida. Now, a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ front office could be on their way there too.

According to a report from The Vertical, the Orlando Magic are interested in Cavaliers’ general manager David Griffin. The Magic are currently searching for a replacement for Rob Hennigan, who was fired just last week. His contract with the Cavaliers expires at the end of the season and contract discussions between the two sides has stalled for months, according to The Vertical.

Some believe a divorce is quite possible.

Griffin originally joined the Cleveland front office in 2010 as their vice president of basketball operations. Griffin then fired general manager Chris Grant in February 2014 and assumed the role himself.

James returning to the Cavaliers obviously helped, but Griffin pulled off the trade for Kevin Love and the moves that brought in key role players such as Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith. That trio helped Cleveland advance to their second NBA Finals in Griffin’s first full season as general manager.

Last season, Griffin made a coaching change in the middle of the season, moving on from David Blatt while promoting Ty Lue. He, along with those role players, were instrumental in the Cavaliers erasing a 3-1 deficit to come back and win the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, a team who set a NBA record for most wins in a single regular season.

Of course, the Magic will have to wait until the Cavaliers are eliminated from the playoffs before talking to Griffin, who could still sign a deal with Cleveland beforehand.

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  1. Callow

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:02 am

    This is not the ideal hire. Who wouldn’t be successful with Lebrun on your team? I hope the magic organization wises up and get some who knows the game. Know how to evaluate young talent. We aren’t a city that is going to win trading for established stars, because the organization isn’t that appealing to star caliber players. The post Howard rebuild was headed in the right direction before Skiles was hired and he all of a sudden needed veterans to win. Correct me if I’m wrong, but when has his coaching with his so called need of veterans been more than mediocre at best. He was the start of the magic current demise. Then we bring in Vogel who gets rid of more young talent for overrated defensive vets. Does anyone realize that a lot of players the magic got rid of are contributing on playoff teams except Tobias Harris and Oquinn ( they are on a bad teams as well). Just think about it….Harkless, Oladipo, Frye, Dedmon., just to name a few. The problem with Orlando can’t be attributed to the GM alone. The real problem goes much higher. When Alex Martins is guaranteeing a single chip over multiple decades, something is wrong. They need a new President of Basketball operations and GM who is strong minded that know his stuff. Some one who won’t be influenced by upper management and is willing to trade minimal gains now for huge success later. I thought we were building something sustainable. Apparently, we all were wrong.

    • Callow

      Apr 22, 2017 at 3:03 am

      *Lebron…lol

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