Billups withdraws from Cavaliers front-office talk
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.