With the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season now over, the clock is ticking on David Griffin’s future with the Cavs.
Griffin’s contract expired after Game 5 ended. According to cleveland.com, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert says the team and Griffin will meet in the “next few days”.
“I think the franchise is strong, especially in the playoffs,” Gilbert told cleveland.com. “We ran into a very good team. Little breaks here or there are different, different circumstances, we're right there. It's not one of those things where you think you're not going to be able to compete against these guys. I think we have a great core and a great future.”
Cleveland.com’s story indicated that Griffin is seeking a raise and some structural changes in the front office. That could mean he wants to be team president or have more oversight over the team’s entire front office. If the two sides cannot come to terms on a new deal, it’s unclear exactly who would be the first choice to replace him.
The Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks have all reportedly been interested in Griffin. Orlando and Atlanta were both denied interviews with Griffin and have moved on. Griffin is not on the reported list of interviewees for the Bucks’ job, but that could change now that the Cavs cannot keep him from interviewing.
It’s still unclear where negotiations stand between the two sides or how likely a new deal is. But this is the real start of the Cavs’ offseason.