The Cavs are currently 20-33 at the All-Star Break and riding their first four-game winning streak in four years. Kyrie Irving will be making his first All-Star start and will attempt to defend his three-point shooting title.
On the rumor front, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported in the wee hours of Thursday night that the team could be targeting veteran multi-sport agent Mark Bartelstein. Here was the report:
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 the Phoenix 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.
Of course, the Suns and Warriors are looking mighty good in 2013-14, so that could be pushing the Cavs to think creatively about hiring an long-time agent. Priority Sports got its first huge break in 1990 when, ironically, the Cavs handed Hot Rod Williams the NBA’s largest-ever contract at the time.
Among the NBA players Bartelstein currently represents are David Lee, Taj Gibson, Jose Calderon, Bradley Beal, Gordon Hayward, Tim Hardaway Jr. and former Cavalier Mo Williams. Current NFL clients include Arian Foster, AJ Hawk, Haloti Ngata, Sean Lee, Joe Staley, Tyson Alualu, Isaac Sopoaga and former Browns tackle Tony Pashos. In 2011, he took part in a panel at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston called “The Decision: How Players and Teams Will Choose in the Future.”
Interim Cavs GM David Griffin is hoping to secure the long-term role after twice rejecting previous openings, Stein said. He’ll have a gigantic opportunity to impress owner Dan Gilbert at the trade deadline, which is only six days away.