The Orlando Magic have contacted the Cleveland Cavaliers in hopes of receive permission to interview David Griffin for their vacant general manager position, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, who says Cleveland has yet to respond to the request.
The Magic are one of two teams, joining the Atlanta Hawks, with a vacancy at the top of their basketball operations department. Landing Griffin, who helped build the Cavaliers into a championship organization, would be a boon to a club in the midst of a five-year postseason drought, the longest in franchise history.
According to Wojnarowski, Griffin is expected to “aggressively pursue” Orlando’s GM job in hopes of securing a “market-level” contract, something Cleveland has yet to offer him. Griffin’s pact with the Cavaliers expires at the end of June.
Matt Lloyd has served as the Magic’s interim GM since the club fired Rob Hennigan and his top deputy, Scott Perry, following a disappointing 2016-17 season in which they finished with a 29-53 record. Wojnarowski says Orlando has already interviewed the well-respected Lloyd, as the team may elect to remove the interim tag from his current position.
Other candidates for the Magic’s GM job are Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond and former Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale, says Wojnarowski.