Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and new general manager Koby Altman met with the media today for Altman’s introductory press conference.
In addition to Altman’s promotion, several front offices moves were announced by Gilbert:
- Canton Charge general manager and Northeast Ohio native Mike Gansey is now the assistant general manager of the Cavs
- Brock Aller, who was once Dan Gilbert’s personal assistant and what Gilbert called a “cap genius” is now the senior director of basketball operations.
- Brandon Weems, who played basketball at St. Vincent-St. Mary with Lebron James and then went on to play at Walsh University is now the director of scouting. Weems was hired as a scout in 2015.
Now to the press conference highlights
Kyrie Irving’s trade request: Dan Gilbert didn’t confirm or deny that Irving did request a trade during their meeting a few weeks ago. Both Gilbert and Altman said the situation is “fluid” but they both expect Irving to be with the team once training camp starts.
Why David Griffin wasn’t retained: Gilbert stated that both he and Griffin’s philosophical beliefs were the reason why they decided to part ways. Money or specific player moves weren’t the reasons as stated by the media since Griffin’s departure.
Kyrie and Lebron’s relationship: Altman said the organization never seen any problems between the players and that what’s being reported through the media is “overblown”.
On Chauncey Billups: Gilbert said that he and Billups both agreed the timing wasn’t right for Billups to become a front office executive for the organization and that much like Griffin it wasn’t over money or power.
Gilbert’s alleged meddling: Gilbert admitted he doesn’t know how the other organizations work but he likes to know all what’s going on in the organization and that he’ll give his input but that he listens to the executives’ judgement and he pays them for that. Altman followed up by saying with all the resources Gilbert provides for the Cavs, it’s his right to have an opinion but he lets the front office make decisions.
Lebron’s future: Gilbert and Altman admitted that the Cavs don’t control all the cards we are dealt but that Lebron is deeply committed to this organization and to win another championship this coming season. Both said he’s been very helpful this offseason with the recruiting of Jeff Green and Derrick Rose.
The Paul George trade: Altman said that he made 200 phone calls during the night of the NBA Draft but didn’t confirm or deny that they had talks with Indiana about George before the Pacers traded him to Oklahoma City. Gilbert added that “they could’ve done better than they did”, taking a shot at the poor return they got in trading the All-Star forward.
The future of the organization: Altman said the goal remains as it’s always been since Gilbert has been the owner of the team and that is to win championships. Gilbert also said the team wasn’t done making moves (Duh, they have a great chip in Kyrie to deal with)
On Derrick Rose: Altman said that Rose called the Cavs stating that he was hungry and ready to win. He also stated that Rose will be coming off the bench (Of course he’s going to say that with Kyrie still technically on the team)