Billups says “timing just isn’t right” to join Cavs
CLEVELAND» Chauncey Billups spun away from the Cavaliers.
After discussing a lead role in Cleveland’s front office, Billups withdrew from consideration Monday. The former all-star guard from Denver had been in discussions with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert about joining the Eastern Conference champions, but Billups said the “timing just isn’t right.”
The Cavs have been looking for a general manager since David Griffin parted 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 a contract extension to any of the four GMs who have worked for him since 2005.
Billups, 40, met with Gilbert in Detroit and Cleveland. Billups doesn’t have any front-office experience, but his solid reputation attracted him to Gilbert, who has known him since he played a star role for the Pistons. It’s believed Gilbert asked Billups to be the Cavs’ president of basketball operations.
Billups released a statement through ESPN on his decision. He is an NBA analyst for the network.
“I have great respect for Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and I greatly appreciate the discussions we had regarding their organization,” Billups said. “As I have conveyed before, ultimately I would like to lead a team’s basketball operation and be a part of a successful franchise. But presently, the timing just isn’t right to delve into that role in Cleveland. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on broadcasting and my other business endeavors.”
Chauncey Billups, a former Pistons and Nuggets guard who starred at CU and at Denver’s George Washington High School, waves to fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich., in February 2016.