Chauncey Billups doesn’t have any front office experience, but that hasn’t stopped him from being mentioned in conversations about openings in the NBA. The Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, and Cleveland Cavaliers have all mulled adding Billups to their front office.
Now it appears that the Minnesota Timberwolves could be looking at Billups if they decide to make a change with current general manager Scott Layden.
According it to the New York Times Marc Stein, Billups is on the shortlist for owner Glen Taylor should they decide to let Layden go.
Via New York Times:
Rumbles persist that Glen Taylor, the Wolves’ owner, remains interested in bringing his former point guard Chauncey Billups back to town to run the front office. Yet skepticism also persists about Taylor’s ability to make an offer attractive enough to lure Billups from his analyst job at ESPN.
Calvin Booth, a Denver executive who the Nuggets hired away from the Timberwolves before the 2017-18 season, is increasingly mentioned as a strong candidate to replace Layden if Taylor does make a change.
It’s true that some players turn out to be good front office additions, but the fact is running a team requires a lot of skills that aren’t directly learned from playing the game or commentating about it, as Billups does now.
Being a general manager in the NBA is about understanding the cap, managing personalities, and running the business in tandem with other executives as much as it is about trades, drafts, and free agent signings.
Could Billups get the jobs done for Minnesota? It’s entirely possible. But it seems like the Timberwolves are at a crucial juncture here for the franchise, and going with an unproven guy might not be the smartest choice.