When the Magic contacted Gilbert to ask for permission to speak to Griffin during the playoffs, he did not grant it.
The Magic were quite interested, sources said, and eager to get an executive with experience, and their due diligence told them Griffin wasn't happy in Cleveland.
Gilbert had never extended the contract of a general manager -- he'd had four of them in his 12 years as owner -- and never felt pressured by the coming end of a contract.
Griffin had turned pessimistic about his future with the Cavs over the last months of the season, telling people he didn't think he'd be in the chair for very long.
It was the fourth time the owner and GM would meet to try to come to a resolution.
There were times in his tenure when Griffin dealt more directly with Cavs minority owner Nate Forbes.
When the Cavs lost in the Finals, his only leverage was to threaten to walk away, which he was prepared to do. Gilbert and Griffin had a long meeting on Friday and discussed the future. Griffin wanted a large pay raise and an upgrade in power.For months as the Cavs battled to assemble rhythm on the court and then hit their stride as they blitzed through the Eastern Conference playoffs, there was a growing tension within the team's executive offices.Griffin was on the final year of his contract and nervous.Sometimes he'd send scathing emails on subjects within and outside Griffin's control.And other times he was nowhere to be found, unreachable or distant at key moments.