Trail Blazers president Neil Olshey just said he hadn’t yet reached out to coaching candidates.
league sources think Billups — currently a Clipper assistant — is the likely choice
Billups checks many boxes. He was a smart player with strong emotional intelligence and leadership. After filling so many roles during his playing career – high draft pick, labeled a bust, out with long-term injury, journeyman, role player, star, veteran leader – he should should identify with the whole roster as a coach.
The biggest knock on Billups: lack of coaching experience. He just entered the profession after pursuing front-office jobs, spending the season under Clippers coach Tyronn Lue.
If the Trail Blazers want Billups, they might have competition from the Celtics.
Stevens started making calls on Wednesday to get the OK to talk to several candidates, including Billups, Milwaukee Bucks’ Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, Dallas Mavericks’ Jamahl Mosley and Brooklyn Nets’ Ime Udoka, sources told ESPN.
The Celtics’ list is expansive beyond these candidates
Stevens stepped down as Celtics coach to replace Danny Ainge running the Celtics’ front office and spent the first several days of his coaching search interviewing members of his former coaching staff, including Jay Larranaga, Jerome Allen, Scott Morrison and Joe Mazzulla, sources said.
Boston’s search appears to be more wide open than Portland’s – though Olshey does have an opportunity to interview a wide array of candidates and see where that goes.