Sources: Magic asked Cavs for permission to speak to David Griffin, but so far — no response. (Plus ATL GM search). https://t.co/AlzbI35KEP
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 16, 2017
Griffin’s contract expires at the end of June, and the Cavaliers could choose to hold onto Griffin past the end of the team’s playoff run and the NBA draft on June 22, and forbid him to engage Orlando until the cusp of July 1 free agency.
For Gilbert, it could be a stall tactic in hopes of making Orlando grow tired of waiting on Griffin and eventually offering its job elsewhere; or Gilbert could be planning to relent and let Griffin discuss the Orlando job with officials at the end of the Cavaliers’ playoff run.
So far, Cleveland hasn’t made a substantive offer to Griffin, league sources told The Vertical.
The Magic are also planning to meet with Milwaukee GM John Hammond and Kevin McHale, among others, per The Vertical.