Could the David Griffin era in Cleveland be coming to an unfortunate end this summer?
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Gavriel M. Wilkins | 05.20.17
This recent week has shaped up to be quite a magnificent one for the Cavaliers, who took the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals in Boston and joined one of the game’s legendary teams atop of the record books.
Here is some of the latest news to break across the Cavs beat, as we recap and reflect upon the hottest stories surrounding the organization over the last several days.
Magic Recently Asked For Permission To Speak With David Griffin, Dan Gilbert Denies Request: Could A Potential Contract Extension For One Of The NBA’s Top Executives Be Coming Soon?
Just this past Monday, the Orlando Magic asked for permission to speak with Cavs general manager David Griffin in regards to their current president of basketball operations opening, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
However, Dan Gilbert did not respond to Orlando’s request, and is willing to pull all the stops necessary to keep his lead executive, according to insider Sam Amico.
Cleveland is reportedly set to offer the 43-year old “a substantial contract and title” to remain in place, as Gilbert’s contract is set to expire at the end of June.
Yet, a deal appears to be far from done at the present moment.
Although the Cavs probably will not grant any other teams permission to speak with Griffin doing the playoffs, they must find a way to re-sign him sooner rather than later.
Since being named as the full-time general manager of the franchise in 2014, Griffin helped manage the Cavs’ run towards their first championship. He brought in a slew of complimentary pieces to place around James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love over the years — as one could argue that Griffin is the most important component within the organization.
While the franchise is known for letting contract talks with many drag over the years, Griffin is someone who has worked extremely hard to build a credible reputation in the NBA, as he will have his fair share of suitors should this matter linger over the summer.
Cavs Strike Jersey Patch Deal With Goodyear For The 2017-18 Season
Earlier this week, the Cavaliers announced that they will be joining forces with Goodyear as their official jersey partner on a three-year sponsorship deal.
The defending world champions will sport the tire company’s iconic winged-foot logo on the front of their jerseys starting next season. Scott Soshnick, who initially broke the news for Bloomberg, reported that the deal could be worth as much as $10 million per year.
It appears to be a perfect match, as Goodyear is based out of the same hometown as LeBron James in Akron, Ohio.
They certainly are not wasting time generating press, as James recently gave us a sneak peek of an Akron Goodyear Wingfoots throwback jersey shortly after Game 1 against Boston.
Kyrie Irving Pondering Early Retirement?
While making an appearance on the Road Trippin’ podcast hosted by Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye, Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving hinted that he could possibly retire earlier than expected.
The 25-year old stated that he would be entering his 10th season when he turns 29 years old in four years.
“I love this game with all my heart,” Irving said. “But there’s just so much knowledge to be acquired and so much that should be happening but isn’t.”
Irving picked quite a strange time to share his recent sentiments with the public, as the Cavs are in the midst of competing for yet another NBA championship. However, one cannot help but to really think about the fact that the four-time All-Star is seriously considering walking away at such a young age.
The sixth-year man out of Duke is coming off of the best regular season in his career, as Irving posted 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game in 72 games for Cleveland.
Should Irving be serious about making this move, then it could potentially impact the future of the franchise in more ways than one. His current contract is set to expire at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season when he is 28 years old, exactly a year after James can decide to opt out of his recent deal to become an unrestricted free agent.
Irving is by far one of the most electrifying players in the game. When he does retire, he will definitely go down as one of the greatest players in Cavs history. Yet, there are times in which Irving has let it be known that he does not care to be defined entirely by the game of basketball and wants more.
Hopefully, his most recent comments will help fans across the league appreciate him in a larger light. We just might have only a few more years at witnessing Irving’s greatness, and getting our hands on a few of his precious signature shoes, too.
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