The Orlando Magic could reach out to David Griffin to gauge his interest in heading their basketball operations department once the Cleveland Cavaliers’ playoff run ends, The Vertical reported.
Griffin’s contract as the Cavaliers’ general manager is scheduled to expire at the end of the season.
Magic CEO Alex Martins has signaled the Magic will be patient as they search for a permanent replacement to Rob Hennigan.
Last week, Martins said, “There are some individuals that we’re interested in that are playing in the NBA playoffs. So we’re not going to be able to talk to them until their teams are eliminated, and I think it’s in our best interests to make sure that we identify the right individual and have an opportunity to talk to those people who are involved in the playoffs.”
The latest possible date for the last 2017 NBA Finals game is June 18, which means the Magic’s GM search could drag on.
The defending NBA champion Cavaliers lead their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers 3-0.
Matt Lloyd is working as the Magic’s acting GM, and Lloyd and team scouts are preparing for the NBA draft, which will be held on June 22.
Hennigan hired Lloyd in 2012, and Lloyd spent the last five years heading the Magic’s college scouting efforts.
Martins has said Lloyd will be a candidate to replace Hennigan on a permanent basis.
The Cavaliers named Griffin their general manager in May 2014 after Griffin spent part of the 2013-14 season as their interim GM.
To be sure, Griffin and the Cavaliers have benefited from some great fortune.
About a week after Griffin was named GM, the Cavaliers won the NBA draft lottery for the second year in a row. The Cavaliers used that pick to select Andrew Wiggins.
Then, once the 2014 free-agency period opened, LeBron James decided to rejoin the Cavaliers.
But Griffin deserves credit for surrounding James with quality veteran role players. As part of a three-team trade in 2014, Griffin sent Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves for power forward Kevin Love. This season, Griffin engineered a trade to acquire swingman Kyle Korver and signed point guard Deron Williams.
The Magic fired Hennigan on April 13, and league sources think the Magic would prefer to hire a big name as Hennigan’s replacement.
Although Martins is leading the search, a Magic spokesman confirmed Friday that the team has hired the executive search firm Korn Ferry to help with the hiring process.