Billups with­draws from Cava­liers front-of­fice talk

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - TOM WITHERS

CLEVE­LAND — Chauncey Billups spun away from the Cava­liers.

Af­ter dis­cussing a lead role in Cleve­land’s front of­fice, Billups with­drew from con­sid­er­a­tion on Mon­day. The for­mer al­ls­tar guard had been in dis­cus­sions with Cava­liers owner Dan Gil­bert about join­ing the reign­ing Na­tional Bas­ket­ball Association Eastern Con­fer­ence champs, but Billups said “that the tim­ing just isn’t right.”

The Cavs have been look­ing for a gen­eral man­ager since David Grif­fin parted ways with the club just be­fore the draft. Grif­fin helped guide Cleve­land to three straight Fi­nals ap­pear­ances but could not re­solve is­sues with Gil­bert, who has yet to give any of the four GMs who have worked for him since 2005 a con­tract ex­ten­sion.

Billups, 40, does not have any front-of­fice ex­pe­ri­ence, but his solid rep­u­ta­tion at­tracted him to Gil­bert. It is be­lieved Gil­bert asked Billups to be the club’s pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball oper­a­tions.

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