Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman was signed to a contract extension that runs through the 2027/28 season. In addition he was also promoted to President of Basketball Operations.
Altman has put together a roster that has been the surprise of the NBA. They are currently 23-18 through 41 games after winning only 22 games all of last season. Altman has put together a promising young core including 1st round draft picks Darius Garland, Colin Sexton and Evan Mobley. He also traded for two other young pieces in center Jarrett Allen who singed a 5-year, $100M extension and Laurie Markkanen. Another key piece he added was point guard Ricky Rubio who unfortunately tore his ACL and is out for the season.
Garland and Allen are making a push to be on the 2022 All-Star roster and Mobley is the leading candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year. Altman caught criticism for signing veteran Kevin Love to an extension in 2018, but Love has re-invented himself playing a key role off the bench and is now a valuable piece to the 2021/22 puzzle. He will be in the conversation for sixth man of the year.
Altman is also considered a front runner for NBA Executive of the Year. He has faced the tall task of rebuilding the post-Lebron James Cavaliers. This is Altman's second extension with Cleveland after signing his first one in 2019 after two years as Cavaliers general manager.
Altman will continue to look at ways to improve the Cavaliers roster after acquiring veteran Rajon Rondo to replace the injured Rubio. Cleveland would like to add a perimeter shooter/scorer before the February 10th trade deadline.
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