According to reports, the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to terms on a long term contract extension for general manager Koby Altman.
Part of having a successful franchise is being proactive when it comes to keeping talent under contract for long periods of time. The Cleveland Cavaliers already picked up the option for Collin Sexton earlier this week. A contract extension for Cedi Osman was also a move to keep talent in Cleveland. Now Cleveland is extending the contract of general manager Koby Altman.
Koby Altman inherited a situation that was desirable and undesirable at the same time. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were the stars on a team that was just one year removed from a championship. The problem? Kyrie Irving wanted out. Altman’s first task as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers was to trade Kyrie Irving. Trading a star like Irving is not an enviable task. Altman did his best, whiffed on the players that came back in the deal but made the most out of the 2018 draft pick. A pick that turned into Collin Sexton.
Koby Altman has also navigated through the waters of a rebuild. The 2018-19 season was an absolute disaster, but Altman was able to pull the trigger on a couple of deals that could help in the long run. Altman also selected Darius Garland, Dylan Windler and Kevin Porter Jr. in the last NBA Draft. There will still be some decisions to be made about some older players on the roster this season. More trades may be on the horizon.
Koby Altman appears to have gotten Cleveland out of the post-LeBron skid quicker than last time. If that is indeed so, it should bring the Cavaliers back to a level of contention faster than many realized.