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Gilbert officially hires Altman as Cavs GM

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As expected, Koby Altman has been hired as the next general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, owner Dan Gilbert said Monday.

Along with Gilbert, Altman has been tasked with managing the Cavs' maneuvers following the parting of ways with former GM David Griffin shortly after the season.

Opposing executives have praised Altman's professionalism and ability to build relationships to Amico Hoops over the past several weeks.

 Koby Altman

Koby Altman

"Over the past month, Koby Altman has led our front office group through this transition period, impressing many inside the franchise and outside the organization, as well," Gilbert said in a statement released by the team. "We are very excited that he will now be officially leading the basketball side of our franchise. Koby has the credentials, knowledge, experience and instincts to be an outstanding general manager."

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Gilbert has also taken part in trade talks, occasionally involving Altman, and at other times handling them on his own, sources said.

Altman was hired as the Cavs’ pro personnel manager in 2012 by former GM Chris Grant. Altman was promoted to director of pro player personnel in 2013, then to assistant GM/player personnel in September of last year.

As assistant GM, Altman is in charge of both domestic and international scouting. Mostly, he assisted Griffin in all aspects the Cavs’ basketball operations.

Prior to joining the Cavs, Altman was an assistant coach at Columbia University, where he also headed the school’s developmental basketball program.

Altman interviewed for an assistant GM position with the San Antonio Spurs last summer before being promoted by the Cavs.