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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cleveland Cavaliers may finally have a new general manager. Owner Dan Gilbert is reportedly close to hiring Koby Altman as the team’s new GM.

Altman has been working as the team’s acting GM since Gilbert fired former GM David Griffin a month ago. When he officially becomes the team’s GM, Altman will become one of the youngest executives in the NBA.

He’s just 34-years-old. New Milwaukee Bucks GM Jon Horst is also a young executive.

Altman’s hiring is reportedly imminent.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers

Altman will have a lot on his hands once he officially gets the job. He’ll have to figure out what to do with Kyrie Irving, who has demanded a trade, try to keep LeBron James — and keep the team in the NBA Finals.

Griffin, along with his top assistant Trent Redden, parted ways with the Cavaliers after Gilbert and Griffin could not agree on a new contract. His name was then mentioned with the Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks; however, he’s still a free agent.

Since Griffin was left go, Gilbert has said multiple times that he’s been impressed with Altman, along with the executives, who stayed put. Mike Gansey has been serving as the top assistant and salary cap guru Brock Aller is still employed by the team.

Tony Leotti, another salary cap guru, reportedly had his last day with the team today. His contract was not renewed.

Altman, since he took over, has helped the Cavaliers re-sign Kyle Korver. He’s also been able to sign Cedi Osman, a Turkish forward, along with NBA veterans Jeff Green and José Calderón.

He may not be done, as the team is reportedly linked to Derrick Rose. If he does sign with the team, over joining the Los Angeles Lakers, which he should make an official announcement next week, will join the team for the league minimum.

Altman has become the target after the team lowballed former NBA player Chauncey Billups. Gilbert tried to sign Billups to become the new President of Basketball Operations, but then balked after receiving a $2 million offer to do the job.

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