It’s officially: Koby Altman is the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team announced the move in a press release sent out Monday evening.
OFFICIAL: Koby Altman has been named General Manager.— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) July 24, 2017
“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,” owner Dan Gilbert said in the release. “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.”
"I am incredibly grateful to Dan for the opportunity to become general manager of the Cavaliers. His confidence, support and strong commitment to achieving our collective goals is very clear to me and I look forward to continuing our efforts. I am also excited and proud to lead a front office team that will continue to be sharply focused on competing for championships. That challenge is what drives all of us,” Altman said in the release.
The thirty-four year old Altman, who has been running the Cavs’ front office since David Griffin parted ways with the Cavs, takes over the Cavs an interesting time. Kyrie Irvine is seeking a trade, LeBron James will be a free agent next summer and the team is expected to compete for the title next season. This is also Altman’s first GM job. He was previously an assistant GM with the Cavs under Griffin.
Cleveland’s release also teased the addition of other “notable” front office moves to that will be announced soon. That could refer to the promotion of Mike Gansey to assistant GM from his current role as GM of the Canton Charge. The Athletic first reported Gansey’s promotion.