Koby Altman has been rewarded for building a roster that’s become one of the NBA’s most pleasant surprises, as the Cavaliers’ general manager has agreed to a contract extension that runs through the 2027-28 season, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Cavs (23-18) currently sit in sixth place in a tight Eastern Conference race and are having their best season without LeBron James on the team in about 25 years.
They’ve done it largely with a young roster largely built by Altman. While the rest of the NBA has been focused on “small ball,” Altman’s Cavs feature three 7-footers in the starting lineup — Jarrett Allen, Lauri Markkanen and Rookie of the Year frontrunner Evan Mobley.
Also, point guard Darius Garland is having a breakout season, and the Cavs have continued to compete despite the loss of guards Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio. Recently, Altman orchestrated a trade with the Lakers and Knicks to nab Rajon Rondo from LA, shortly after Rubio was lost for the year to a knee injury.
Along with all that, power forward Kevin Love is having one of his best seasons since coming to the Cavs in 2014.
“Altman’s representative Bret Just of WME completed discussions with the franchise on a new deal early this week,” Wojnarowski wrote.
Altman’s official title will be changed to president of basketball operations, Wojnarowski added.
The Cavs recently also extended the contract of coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who has been responsible for navigating the team through a bevy of injuries and players entering health and safety protocols.