Cavaliers owner, Billups meeting for 2nd time
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 18:51
The #Cleveland Cavaliers want to hire #Chauncey Billups and have offered him a long-term contract to become their president of basketball operations.
Billups has no previous executive experience, but he does have a long-standing relationship with Gilbert and knows the league well. Billups, who has been working as a TV analyst for ESPN, is also close with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.
Cleveland's front-office shake-up came days before Thursday's draft.
James effectively turned Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert into a sympathetic figure who ripped LeBron and carried the message of frustrated fans.
Billups and the revamped front office are facing a hard task of trying to close the gap on the Golden State Warriors and upgrade the roster with few trade assets.
The news that Billups is excited and has more meetings planned with Cleveland only aids that idea that he'll accept the job.
Still, while there hasn't been much news on Billups as of late as he considers his options, it's hard to believe he would take this much time to make a decision to decline the offer.
The Cavs are loaded with talent at the top with James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love coming off their second straight Finals together - Love was injured when Cleveland made it in 2015 - and there's no reason to think they won't win the Eastern Conference again. It's possible Billups could fill that vacancy. In addition, there's been murmuring about the potential for LeBron James to leave for another team after the Cavs failed to repeat as NBA Champions this past season. The more immediate concern is for Gilbert, who has gone through four GMs in 12 years as Cleveland's owner, to find someone to oversee the daily operations. But it's worth keeping an eye on as the team looks ahead to next year.