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.
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.