Sources: Cavs’ Gilbert to meet with Billups

Chauncey Billups says he still wants to run an NBA team.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is expected to hold a face-to-face meeting with former NBA point guard Chauncey Billups on Tuesday about the team’s vacant general manager position, multiple sources told Amico Hoops.

Gilbert parted ways with former GM David Griffin on Monday, as the two sides could not agree on the “what and how” of the Cavs’ next moves, sources said. (Full report.)

The Cavs are expected to create the position of president of basketball operations — a position for which Billups is said to be a strong candidate. The president of basketball operations would then hire his own general manager, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

Gilbert is a native of Michigan and a noted fan of the 2004 Detroit Pistons, who won the NBA championship. Billups was the starting point guard on that team.

While Billups has no front office experience, he is said to have strong relationship with both Gilbert and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. Billups is currently an analyst for ESPN — which first reported the news of the Cavs’ interest.

Several members of both the Cavs’ basketball and business side displayed anger when asked by Amico Hoops about the Griffin situation, though none were willing to go on record.

“An absolute (expletive) joke,” one source said.

The Cavs are currently exploring several trades, a few of which are centered on All-Star power forward Kevin Love, sources told Amico Hoops.

According to one league source, Love is being floated as an option in a potential deal involving Chicago swingman Jimmy Butler.