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Report: Chauncey Billups meets with Cavaliers

Aug 6, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

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Chauncey Billups managed to get on the court for just 19 games with the Pistons last season, and after undergoing knee surgery that came with an uncertain future, the team declined his player option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent.

But it isn’t yet known if Billups will pursue a spot on a roster, or in a team’s front office.

He’s reportedly considering both options, and is feeling well enough physically where playing might make sense in the right situation. And while it’s unclear which direction he’s headed, Billups is meeting with teams to explore the possibilities.

From Scott Sargent of Waiting For Next Year:

Could Chauncey Billups be the next veteran to join the Cleveland Cavaliers? Multiple sources tell WFNY that Billups, a five-time NBA All-Star, spent Tuesday in Cleveland with Cavs head assistant coach Tyronn Lue, ultimately finishing up his trip with a Warehouse District dinner meeting alongside Lue, Cavs general manager David Griffin, head coach David Blatt. This, of course, comes one day after the Cavs contingent met with free agent small forward Shawn Marion.

The nature of any discussions with the Cavs are unclear, but it is believed that Billups, who will be 38 years old by the time the 2014-15 season tips off, is interested in eventually moving into a coaching or executive role once he officially retires. Retiring is the operative word, however, as the 2004 NBA Finals MVP was believed to be in search of another contract as recent as early July, working out in Las Vegas and reportedly looking good despite his age and recent run of injuries.

Billups spoke with Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders last month about his future, which apparently is full of employment options.

“Obviously, I have several options; I have some front office opportunities, some coaching opportunities, some media opportunities and also some playing opportunities,” Billups told Basketball Insiders. “There’s a lot going on right now.”

Billups said in that interview that he doesn’t want to play just to play, that being a part of a team that has a chance to win a title is what would motivate him to return to the court. He has also met with the Denver front office this summer to similarly explore what might be next.

  1. mortalkondek - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Chauncey, NO!!!!

  2. doctordunkenstein - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    after all that trash billups always talked bout the cavs when he was a piston in the mid 2000’s…now he wants to join LBJ on the Cavs? Cavs don’t need another aging vet on the bench

    • antistratfordian - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      ancient history

  3. csbanter - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Why don’t every former all-star,MVP join the Cavs. In fact just expand the rosters and let every player from all the teams except San Antonio join Lebron thus ensuring he wins another championship. That seems to be the goal right, for Lebron never mind the Cavs to win his third NBA championship.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      ? Besides LeBron, the only free agents that have joined the Cavs are Mike Miller and James Jones. The 39 year old Ray Allen is a maybe.

      It’s not like they’re signing a ton of top-tier guys. These are aging role players.

  4. antistratfordian - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    What a difference a LeBron makes.

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Remember in Game 1 of the Finals, when he gave that rehearsed pregame speech and stumbled over his words?

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      how true…

      it gives teams he’s on in the Finals with a 40% chance of winning.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Depends. All things being equal it would be 100%.

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        “All things being equal it would be 100%.”

        Not even close to being true. Pretty much everybody, including LeBron James himself, has said that LeBron’s problem in the 2011 Finals in Dallas wasn’t his teammates.

        It was him struggling mentally with the pressure plus the Mavs’ defensive scheme that was forcing him to take jumpers, which he frequently missed, because he was unable to drive to the rim or post up the players guarding him back then.

        Bosh and Wade both outscored LeBron that series, and again, it’s not me saying LeBron it was at fault. LeBron himself plus pretty much every person who understands basketball say he was at fault and played poorly.

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        LeBron James, “I played so poorly in the 2011 Finals that it forced me to re-examine my game from the bottom up. Overcoming that loss and made me into a better player.”

        Antistratfordian, “LeBron was great in the 2011 Finals!!!!!!!!!!! He was amazing!!!!!”

  5. stash918 - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Here we go again. The great, decorated clutch player (like Isiah Thomas), but why the need hire him as a front office guy? Can he shoot clutch threes from a desk? Have you ever heard Chauncey Billups speak or articulate a thought in English? It’s not pretty.

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      I have. He seems like a very intelligent and articulate person. What about his speech do you have a problem with?

    • m4a188 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      What do you expect? most of these guys barely finished high school let alone a book.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Hey, they all finished at least one book now…

        “How To Make It Rain”

  6. bougin89 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    This would be a bad move if it’s for Chauncey as a player. Nothing he’s done in the last few years shows he has anything left at all.

    If he does sign somewhere and plays in 23 games it would be the most games he’s played in since the 2010/2011 season.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    At this point I’m pretty sure Chauncey is just joining teams to get free surgeries.

  8. loungefly74 - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    not sure what Chauncey can bring to the table. but i tell ya…10 years ago…dude was a baller..a leader. he didnt have the gaudy numbers but he made his teams win one way or another. one of my all time favs.

  9. campcouch - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    I’d call Baron Davis before Billups.

  10. seasickcecil - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Based on this Dion Waiters isn’t going anywhere. http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24650594/waiters-lebron-called-me-before-decision-told-me-to-be-ready

  11. seasickcecil - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    @WojYahooNBA: Free agent forward Shawn Marion is leaning strongly toward signing with Cleveland over Indiana, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

  12. j0esixpack - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    I’m not sure if Billups has the chops to be a coach or a player at this point – but one thing is for certain – not too many work harder than him.

  13. marsh025 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Guess who Mike Miller got the Championship or bust is no fun stuff from?
    You guessed it.

  14. jimsjam33 - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    This guy is trying to steal another paycheck ! Old Geezer .

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