Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who made headlines earlier this season with a spicy e-mail to NBA Commissioner David Stern over a proposed trade, has been named to the league's reconstructed Competition Committee.
The league's Board of Governors voted last month to construct the Competition Committee with two owners, four general managers, three head coaches and one player. Previously, the committee consisted of all 30 general managers, but that has been renamed the General Managers Commitee.
Gilbert is joined by Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, Toronto Raptors general managers Bryan Colangelo, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti, Dallas Mavericks coache Rick Carlisle, Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. The players association will designate one of its members to serve on the committee.
"The Board decided that the inclusion of owners and head coaches on the Competition Committee would add valuable perspectives to discussions about our game and how it might be improved,” Joel Litvin, the NBA's president of league operations said in an e-mail. "At the same time, we will continue to receive input on competition and rules matters from all 30 teams through the General Managers Committee."
The purpose of the committee remains the same. If the Competition Committee votes in favor of changing a playing rule or any other competition-related matter, the recommendation will be brought to the Board of Governors for its consideration and vote. The Committee will meet on a regular basis and its first meeting will take place during the NBA Finals.
The new General Managers Committee will meet annually to discuss the state of the game and various competition matters.
Gilbert created a controversy when his e-mail to Stern protesting a proposed trade that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers was leaked to Yahoo! Sports. Stern ultimately squashed the trade, and now GIlbert and Kupchak will be working side by side.