Billups says “tim­ing just isn’t right” to join Cavs

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Tom Withers

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.”

Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press file

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.

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