CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Kobe Altman spoke with the press after the team selected Isaac Okoro with the fifth overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night.
In the teleconference, Altman spoke praise of the newest Cav, saying the forward out of Auburn "checked all the right boxes" for the team in their search for prospects.
"We were tremendously fortunate that we got the right fit, in terms of player, and the best talent of the board as well," said Altman, "and that's hard to do, because you're always sort of weighing the right fit versus who's the best available talent, and Isaac was both."
"He's dynamic, winning mentality...monstrous physique at the wing position, and he's ready," Altman added.
Okoro, one of the considered better defensive wing players going into the draft, earlier in the night said his goal was to help the Cavs go to the playoffs, while also guarding the best players on the other team from the start of the season.
When asked about his expectations for Okoro in an unusually short offseason, Altman stated, "I think for all these rookies, it's going to be a tremendously hard transition. There's no summer league, there's no time with the coaches, really...I mean, we're dropping them right into training camp."
"But, Isaac will compete from day one," Altman continued, "I think he has a lot of upside offensively, he has a really good basketball I.Q., I think he's an underrated passer...he's going to be a great fit with our guards."
Indeed, Okoro will team up with Cavs guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, the former of which played against Okoro when the two were in high school in Georgia.
"They still talk, they're still big fans of one another, and Collin was rally fired up about the pick," said Altman when asked about Sexton and Okoro becoming teammates.
While the Cavs took Okoro early on in the evening, there were rumblings that the team could make a move for another first-round or second-round pick. However, when asked if the Cavs got close to any deals, Altman said there wasn't anything close to fruition.
"There was a number of different opportunities, like there always are in any draft. There were a few scenarios where if we achieved the value we thought we would, we could have moved back a little, but we didn't want to move too far back, and the more and more we thought about it, the more we were excited about Isaac, and really didn't want to risk not selecting them there."
While Altman seemed excited about the newest Cavalier, many of the team's veterans voiced their welcomings to Okoro, including Sexton:
Cavs forward Kevin Love also reached out to Okoro:
And big man Andre Drummond:
And of course, Okoro himself tweeted following his selection: