Chauncey Billups met with Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Tyronn Lue, general manager David Griffin and head coach David Blatt on Tuesday, first reported by Scott Sargent of Waiting for Next Year.
However, don’t expect a deal to get done anytime soon, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Cavs did meet with Chauncey Billups. Just a visit, might turn into front office role down line, maybe player contract. Nothing imminent.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 6, 2014
Sargent’s original report also mentioned that it’s not perfectly clear what role with the Cavs Billups is seeking.
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.
At 37, it’s probably best for Billups to hang ‘em up and simply pursue a front-office job. While once an NBA star, Billups isn’t a very good player at this point, averaging just 3.8 points and 2.2 assists per game in 19 appearances with the Detroit Pistons last season.
But giving up the game is never easy and if the Cavs are actually willing to offer him a player contract, one can’t really blame Billups for giving it a go one more year.
The 2014-15 season would mark Billups’ 18th year in the league.