Altman says Cavs coaching job is attractive, won't sell it to potential candidates

Altman is looking for someone who wants to be in Cleveland

James Rapien
April 12, 2019 - 3:39 pm
Koby Altman takes questions on April 12 at Cleveland Clinic Courts

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers' search for a new head coach is underway, but don't expect the vacancy to be filled quickly. 

General manager Koby Altman will be patient during their search. He believes the job will attract the right candidates. 

"We have tremendous resources," Altman said. "We are positioned really well for the future. We are going to draft a high impact player, regardless of where the ping-ping balls land. All of those things together are a big part of us being an attractive destination, but I'll say this – we're not going to sell our job. I think the person that's right for this job is going to really want to be here and that's going to be the person that we hire."

Altman made it clear that the next head coach would align with the front office. He stressed the importance of finding a coach that embraces analytics.

The job would become more attractive if the Cavaliers land the top overall pick in next month's NBA Draft Lottery, but Altman isn't worried about that. The 36-year-old general manager wants to build a culture and he's willing to be patient in his quest to find the right person to lead the Cavaliers. 

Altman believes the young talent on this team – from Collin Sexton to Cedi Osman will help attract coaches that want to be in Cleveland. If the Cavaliers don't get the top pick in the NBA Draft, would a coach really pass on this job because they had to 'settle' for Ja Morant or R.J. Barrett?

Building the culture Altman wants to establish has to be bigger than any player or draft pick. The Cavaliers were built around one player for 11 years. Altman hopes to create a culure around his head coach. 

“Who’s going to be the leader for this franchise moving forward and be a cultural driver, be a teacher and be aligned with us?” Altman asked. “I think for us moving into the future in this era of Cavaliers basketball, it’s important that we find the right fit for that. I’m excited to start that process."

Whoever ends up getting the job is going to get a roster that has some young talent in Sexton and Osman, plus an All-Star in Kevin Love and other valuable pieces including two first-round draft picks in June's NBA Draft. Owner Dan Gilbert is criticized for a lot of things and plenty of it is earned, but no one questions his willingness to support the team financially. The next coach knows Gilbert will spend if it can help the team win, which is a huge positive that should help attract some of the top candidates.

The Cavs are trying to navigate through the post-LeBron rebuild, but there are plenty of reasons why their next head coach could succeed. It's up to Altman and Gilbert to find that person.

Go here for more on Altman's press conference and the Cavs' coaching search.