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.