For now, Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin remains the top candidate in the Magic’s search, but Orlando hasn’t yet asked for permission to speak with Griffin, largely because of the Cavaliers’ playoff status, sources said.
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The Orlando Magic’s search process for a new top basketball executive could extend until the end of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ playoff run, which would allow Orlando to gauge the interest of general manager David Griffin, league sources told The Vertical. The Magic are researching multiple possible candidates to replace former GM Rob Hennigan, but the possibility of Griffin does intrigue Orlando CEO Alex Martins and top Magic officials, league sources said. Griffin’s contract expires at the end of the season and talks on a new contract with Cavaliers ownership have been stalled for months, league sources said. There’s an increasing belief among league executives that Griffin could be lured away from Cleveland, league sources said.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ biggest impending free agent might not even wear a uniform. Cavs general manager David Griffin has been operating this season on the final year of his contract after failing to come to an agreement on an extension with ownership this past offseason, multiple sources told ESPN.
Some key voices inside the Cavaliers’ locker room have spoken out in support of the GM who has spent more than half his life working in the NBA after starting with the Phoenix Suns as an intern in 1993. “It makes no sense why he shouldn’t get an extension,” James recently 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. So, 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.”
James acknowledged that Griffin’s contract status mirrors the disrespect the GM has received because of the perception that James ultimately runs the franchise. “Obviously they always want to bring my name into it and say that obviously, it’s easier because guys want to be here because I’m here,” James told ESPN. “But at the end of the day, he still has to press the right buttons because I’m not in the war room, I’m not in the draft room with those (front office) guys. I don’t know how much we may be over the luxury tax or if we have a trade exception here or how that’s going to work there or how many days we got to do this. So, it wouldn’t, seriously, I don’t know why it would make any sense to bring in a new GM. That don’t make no sense.”
Seemingly the only one in the building Griffin hasn’t done a deal for is himself; his contract expires at the end of this season.
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Carter will be a free agent this summer. “I said to myself ‘I want to play 15 years’. I don’t know where I got that from. And the I got to 15 years and I kept going. I never capped it, but at the same time I’ve had a lot of players remind me of things I’ve said,” said Carter about how he kept telling fellow players he would retire after two more years. “I’m still saying ‘two more years and I’m done.’
The Golden State Warriors hope to get injured reserves Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes back from injuries for the second round of the playoffs after having more than a week off between series. The Warriors said Saturday that Barnes has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday night’s Game 1. Livingston remains questionable but is hopeful that he will be ready to return. Star forward Kevin Durant is expected to be a full go after missing two games and being limited to 20 minutes in Game 4 of the previous round because of a strained left calf.
Golden State begins the second round at home on Tuesday against the winner of Sunday’s Game 7 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz. The Warriors have been off since they swept the Trail Blazers on Monday, which gave them more than a week between games. “I’m trying to make sure I rest it as much as I possibly can because when I do come back, I plan on staying all the way back,” Livingston said Saturday. “Hopefully it will be ready for Tuesday.”
How is Mike Brown doing as the interim? Is it the same as with Kerr? Kevin Durant: Mike has had a pretty big voice throughout the whole season. Has been a head coach before, understands what it takes to be a head coach. And the coaching staff is just so smart, they empower each other. I think anybody if you’re around us on a day to day basis, anybody could tell they kind of work well as a group as far as a coaching staff.