Chauncey Billups spurned the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was reported the Detroit Pistons will have more success.
The former Pistons standout point guard reportedly turned down an offer from Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert to succeed former general manager David Griffin to run the Cavaliers last summer.
Marc Stein of the New York Times reported the Pistons have Billups on their radar.
Detroit has expressed interest in hiring the former Pistons star Chauncey Billups to work in tandem with Arn Tellem in a totally revamped front office, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 20, 2018
However, Pistons spokesman Mark Barnhill had a succinct response to the report.
#Pistons ownership and Platinum Equity spokesman Mark Barnhill has one-word response to report Pistons have expressed interest in former Piston Chauncey Billups to join front office: “False.”
— Vince_Ells56 (@Vincent_Ellis56) March 20, 2018
Billups said he has not pursued a position with the Pistons.
“I’m very happy with the on-air opportunities ESPN has given me to talk about the NBA in the studio & at games. Of course, I love my Pistons & Detroit. But I would never push for a job with any NBA franchise that is not open. That’s not part of my character,” – Chauncey Billups.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) March 20, 2018
Stein had reported, “Billups ultimately turned down to take over Cleveland’s front office last summer, at least in part because he was not prepared to leave his television role with ESPN and the time it affords him with his family in Denver.
‘But there’s a growing sense that the Pistons believe they have a real shot to convince Billups to make the leap this time, which would undoubtedly be well-received by the local fanbase given Billups’ stature in the Detroit community.”