According to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Cleveland Cavaliers are considering pursuing top agent Mark Bartelstein for the general manager job. From Stein’s report:
Among the options that the Cleveland Cavaliers are weighing as they start to conceive a new front-office team is making a bid to persuade veteran agent Mark Bartelstein to leave the representation game to join them, according to sources briefed on the matter.
Sources told ESPN.com this week that the Cavs have interest in trying to recruit Bartelstein into their management structure as other teams have done in recent years, most notably thePhoenix Suns‘ hiring of Lon Babby and the Golden State Warriors‘ hiring of Bob Myers.
The Cavs, though, are not expected to pursue significant changes to their basketball department until after the season. And it’s believed within the industry that they would have little hope convincing Bartelstein to leave Chicago-based Priority Sports, which he founded and which represents numerous NFL players in addition to his basketball clientele.
The report also notes that David Griffin, who was tapped to replace the fired Chris Grant, is hoping to secure his own spot in the Cavaliers front office of the future and that he’ll likely be a candidate after the season.
Bartelstein is currently the agent to some notable players, including potential Cavalier targets Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward. His two biggest name clients are David Lee of the Golden State Warriors and Paul George, Granger’s teammate in Indiana.
If the Cavaliers did in fact go this route, it would be another unorthodox move from a franchise that has consistently made such moves in the past. Bartelstein has no prior experience working in an NBA front office and it’s not even clear he would be interested in the job at this point. He’s also not likely to be the only candidate that the Cavaliers consider after the season.