The Cavaliers have promoted Koby Altman to the role of general manager, team owner Dan Gilbert announced Monday.
Altman had held the post of assistant general manager under former Cavs GM David Griffin, whose contract was not renewed last month. Altman had been serving as interim GM following Griffin’s departure.
Over the past month, Koby Altman has led our front office group through this transition period, impressing many inside the franchise and outside the organization, as well. We are very excited that he will now be officially leading the basketball side of our franchise. Koby has the credentials, knowledge, experience and instincts to be an outstanding general manager, Gilbert said. In addition to these positive attributes and outstanding relationships around the league, Koby will inspire and impact the best possible culture throughout the organization.
We are going to see a capable and passionate leader who will also cultivate new ideas and innovation. The speed of the game is ever faster on the court and in the front offices around our league. I am confident that Koby is equipped and prepared to lead and succeed in this dynamic environment.
Obviously Irving has not been traded at this point, but if this story is accurate then what on earth is going on in Cleveland? Per ESPN.com:
The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to go play in a situation where he can be a more focal point and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.
If the former Duke guard were to be traded, he would be giving up his supermax option that he would be due once he got to free agency. He is locked up for three more years and due $60 million over that time.
Friday evening, Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported a source claims the Cavaliers and Knicks are in serious talks regarding a trade involving Irving and Carmelo Anthony, with a third team possibly involved.