Koby Altman has been general manager of the Cavaliers since July 24, 2017. If he has proven anything in the last three and a half years, it is that he isn’t shy about making and acting on bold decisions.
If the latest rumors are true, Altman will soon be making another trade as a follow-up to what he did earlier this month when he got involved in the blockbuster deal that sent guard James Harden from the Houston Rockets to the Nets. Altman traded Dante Exum plus a 2022 first-round pick (via Milwaukee) to Houston and a 2024 second-round to Brooklyn in exchange for center Jarrett Allen and forward Taureen Prince from the Nets.
The trade for Harden might eventually work for the Nets. But for the time being they are hurting for big men, as evidenced by what happened last week when the Cavaliers beat Brooklyn, 125-113, on Jan. 22 while outrebounding the Nets, 50-29.
The addition of Allen gives the Cavaliers a surplus of centers. Andre Drummond is a center on a $28.75 million expiring contract. JaVale McGee, also a center, is on a much cheaper expiring contract at $4.2 million. Larry Nance Jr. is a center/power forward.
According to Jason Dumas, the sports director of KRON-TV 4 in the San Francisco Bay area, the Cavaliers “are in active discussions” with the Nets about trading McGee to Brooklyn for draft assets.
Dumas reported the names of Drummond and…