The Cavs are a team other NBA teams are trying to rip off, thanks to Koby Altman.
The Cavs are not a respected team. Not on the court, in the media, or even among other front offices. They’ve set themselves up for failure time and time again by trading away valuable players for barely anything in return. Why? Because Koby Altman settled for less. Instead of trying to re-sign some veterans, instead of engaging in fire sales, the Cavs ruined their negotiating power.
Other teams know this and are now only offering low-ball offers for the Cavs’ very best prospects. Not only that, but teams know they can get one over on the Cavaliers.
As Sam Amico of HoopsWire writes;
"At any rate, the trade offers for Nance have been there all offseason. But according to Hoops Wire sources, none have been very good. In fact, it appears that other teams are still in “let’s see if we can rip off the Cavs” mode."
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You can give Koby Altman props for drafting Collin Sexton, trading for Ricky Rubio, and even drafting Evan Mobley. That’s just three of the good moves made out of a couple of dozen made by Altman, the rest of which have propelled this team down a dark and depressing road.
While you can argue he’s drafted as well as he could, which we’d like to have a conversation about eventually, you cannot deny his contracts, trades, and ability (inability) to sign free agents has been anything other than poorly executed.
You don’t just build teams through the draft.
Teams have now keyed up on Altman that he’s a patsy. He’s taken the fall on some of the worst trades and contracts in the NBA and teams love using him to facilitate trades to get better while giving nothing back in return.
Jordan Clarkson? All it took Utah to land a 15.3 career ppg scorer and 2021 Sixth Man of the Year Award was Dante Exum and two second-round picks. Those second-round picks are about as valuable as a free Frosty coupon at Wendy’s.
That expired two years ago.
So the Cavs are known for getting swindled. Because second-round picks that don’t amount to much, if ever, are somehow as valuable as the sixth-best player on an NBA team. Clarkson isn’t the only example, but he’s the only one we need to prove Altman has no clue what he’s doing. Teams don’t respect Altman for a reason.
Cavs beat writers can fluff Altman’s ego all they want, but he has got to go. If he can’t demand respect from his peers, then how can he from the media and fans? He’s no leader.