The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the biggest achievements of this season. Entered Tuesday, they are the No. 6 seed in the East at 23-18 with the best points differential in the conference.
Recently, the Cavs rewarded coach JB Bickerstaff with a long-term contract extension, and now they’ve reportedly done the same for GM Koby Altman. On Tuesday, the Cavs extended Altman to 2028 and also updated his title as president of basketball operations, as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and confirmed by Bill Reiter of CBS Sports.
Altman inherited the post of Cleveland’s general manager when David Griffin resigned and was thrown into the fire as he had to find a trade for Kyrie Irving. The following summer, LeBron James left for the Lakers. As a result, the Cavs were an organization with no clear direction.
But you look up now, and Altman is credited with drafting Darius Garland, who should probably be an All-Star this season, and Evan Mobley, who is the Rookie of the Year favorite. Altman also traded to Jarrett Allen, who is also in contention for an All-Star spot as one of the league’s most influential defenders.
Altman has been questioned for bringing in Lauri Markkanen on a four-year, $ 67 million contract, but the Cavs’ approach to starting at three-seven has proven to be successful. Good luck trying to shoot them at the edge. Altman’s acquisition of Ricky Rubio looked like one of the best low-key moves of the summer until Rubio fell for the season with a ripped ACL.
The Cavs have slipped lately with injuries and COVID absences, losing six of their last 10, but the guys are coming back and Altman may be able to make a big trade before the deadline. We’ll see what he has up his sleeve, but whatever he does he will do it with the security of a contract extension and a bump he deserved.