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Cavs may promote interim GM Koby Altman to permanent role

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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.

According to Tom Withers of The Associated Press, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert likes what he sees in Altman, who has been manning the phone lines since David Griffin’s departure last month.

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.

Via Joe Vardon of cleveland.com:

“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.”

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