Koby Altman Rumors
I like Koby personally. I think he’s incredibly intelligent. To come as far as he has as fast as he has is proof, considering he was coaching in the Ivy League six years ago. But he was third in command last season in Cleveland and was rushed into a job for which he wasn’t prepared because over the years, those who know Gilbert well insist he has considered the GM role less and less important. That might have been his biggest miscalculation in all of this. Now a franchise that boasted the postseason slogan the last few years of “All-In” instead hedged its bets last summer with the team’s two most important players.
Cavs GM Koby Altman intends to meet with Hood soon to discuss why he refused to go into the game and to get his side of the story, one source told The Athletic. Hood has struggled with stiffness in the past and, given how long he was sitting, the Cavs want to give him an opportunity to tell his side of the story. But according to multiple people who witnessed the exchange, this had nothing to do with stiffness and everything to do with a young player pouting.
Altman thought back to a conversation he had with Heat general manager Andy Elisburg three or four weeks prior to the trade deadline, sources said. Elisburg made his way through the Cavs’ roster alphabetically, rattling off the names he could see the Heat making an offer for. When he got toward the back end of the Cavs’ roster — W is the fourth-to-last letter, after all — he said something to the effect of, “Yeah, and you have a 2-guard that we have a little bit of history with.” Altman told Elisburg at the time that he was contemplating a major overhaul, which could change Wade’s role on the team. Elisburg filed the information away, informing Heat president Pat Riley of the dialogue. On the morning of the trade deadline, at just past 9 a.m., Elisburg heard from Altman again. Would they want Wade back in a Miami uniform?
With the Heat on board, Altman had two people to talk to: first James, then Wade. Much like Lue’s approach with Wade starting or not to begin the season, Altman wanted to leave it up to Wade: stay in Cleveland with a reduced role or return to the franchise that drafted him and made him the star he is today. “Absolutely. It should be his decision,” James told Altman, according to sources. Wade understood the direction the Cavs were going and appreciated the option. Miami was an easy choice.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Okaro White to a 10-day contract, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. White (6-8, 204) has played in six games (four starts) with the Miami Heat this season, averaging 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game.
James, per sources, wasn’t expecting huge deals by the Cavs at the deadline, maybe a small one or two, before being informed the night before the deadline that there were big possibilities in the pipeline. He obviously was, and is, very close with Wade, respected Rose’s work in getting healthy again and enjoyed Frye’s personality. He didn’t dislike Thomas, but they obvously didn’t mix well on the floor. It’s clear that James is once again engaged. He’s vocal with his new teammates and his splits — which were awful in January — are back to their norms. But he says that was an independent decision of his, not a reaction to the work Altman did.