Koby Altman Talks Kyrie Irving, LeBron James in 1st Press Conference as Cavs GM

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Koby Altman made his first public appearance Wednesday after officially replacing David Griffin as the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Altman is the fifth general manager to work for the Cavaliers since Dan Gilbert became majority owner in 2005. Gilbert said he’s “as proud as I’ve ever been to name somebody general manager” and that he’s “never felt as well as I do [about him],” per ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin.

Altman takes over under unenviable circumstances.

LeBron James is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, and it’s far from a sure thing he’ll return to Cleveland next season. In addition, ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst reported Kyrie Irving is seeking a trade.

Altman emphasized he believes the franchise is still on solid footing, with NBA TV sharing his comments:

Altman also downplayed any friction between Irving and James:

Windhorst, McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne reported for ESPN.com that Irving has grown “tired of being Robin to James’ Batman,” which factored into his decision to ask for a trade.

Both Altman and Gilbert declined to go into much detail about Irving’s situation, with Altman telling reporters that the team will keep things “in-house,” per the Associated Press’ Tom Withers. Gilbert added that he didn’t “feel it’s appropriate to get into the details,” according to McMenamin.

Altman did, however, speak highly of Irving’s value to the Cavs.

He continues to be a core piece of who we are and what we do,” he said, according to WKYC’s Ben Axelrod.

Gilbert said the organization is planning to have Irving show up to training camp as long as he’s under contract,…

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