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Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman named runner-up for 2021-22 NBA Basketball Executive of the Year Award

The honors went to Memphis Grizzlies Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Zach Kleiman.

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Today, the NBA announced that NBA team basketball executives have selected Memphis Grizzlies Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Zach Kleiman as the winner of the 2021-22 NBA Basketball Executive of the Year Award.

Kleiman received 16 of 29 first-place votes and earned 85 total points from a panel of team basketball executives across the NBA. Cleveland Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman and Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Artūras Karnišovas tied for second place with 27 points each.

This is the fourth individual award that someone from Cleveland has come up short on this year after such a promising season. If Altman were to have won NBA Basketball Executive of the Year, he would’ve been the second member of the Cavaliers organization to do so after Wayne Embry won the award twice for the 1991-92 and 1997-98 seasons, respectively.