Unless there any drastic changes in their offseason storyline, it looks like Koby Altman could be running the show for the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Source said Gilbert impressed with job done in free agency by current front-office group led by assistant GM Koby Altman. #Cavs
— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) July 3, 2017
Earlier today, news broke stating that former Detroit Pistons great Chauncey Billups, who was Gilbert’s first and only option for the Cavs’ front office vacancy, had withdrew himself from consideration for the job. One source told cleveland.com that Billups wanted more money than Gilbert had offered — a proposal that was believed to be worth somewhere north of $2 million. Billups met with Gilbert on two separate occasions, but even after a reported counter-offer, the two men weren’t able to agree on terms.
“I have great respect for Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and I greatly appreciate the discussions we had regarding their organization,” Billups told ESPN. “As I have conveyed before, ultimately I would like to lead a team’s basketball operation and be a part of a successful franchise. But presently, the timing just isn’t right to delve into that role in Cleveland. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on broadcasting and my other business endeavors.”