It seems like the easiest way to become a coaching candidate in the NBA nowadays is to be a point guard with no coaching experience. It worked for Jason Kidd last season when he landed a job with the Brooklyn Nets. Steve Kerr would follow as he became the hottest coaching candidate on the market this summer before landing with the Golden State Warriors. Now former Finals MVP Chauncey Billups is popping up on radars, most notably, Cleveland:
“Cavs owner Dan Gilbert loves Billups, and with Jason Kidd having success in his first season as a coach after retiring as a point guard, there could be some consideration for Billups, who hasn’t yet retired,” she writes. “But sources in Detroit say Billups always has wanted to become a general manager, not a coach.”
via Cleveland Cavaliers coaching search: 10 days in and no front-runner | Cleveland.com
Though Mary Boyer of Cleveland.com ranked Billups into the “least likely” category, Billups’ name popping up on someone radar isn’t a shocker. In the annual survey held before the start of every season, 32.1% of the NBA’s general managers voted Billups as the best coaching candidate among active NBA players.
After his return to the Detroit Piston, the talk of Chauncey working his way up from the court to the began and Billups admitted that it’s been on his mind, rather it be a coaching position or front office position.
“Of course I have been thinking about my future the last five years,” Billups said. “I think a lot of people think that would be the natural progression because of what I do on the court. But if I had my desire I want to be in the front office and put the team together and be behind the scenes rather than being on the court every day.”
This seems like preliminary talks on the Billups-to-Cleveland talks, but this will likely be the beginning of Billups jump from the court to a better position.