The Cavs announced Monday they would not renew the contract of David Griffin, leaving the team without a GM.
Should Billups join Cleveland's front office, he may not take over as GM. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that Billups could become president of basketball operations and then help hire a new GM.
ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Justin Zanik is among the candidates to replace Griffin. Zanik was most recently the Milwaukee Bucks assistant GM.
With LeBron James entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, many are wondering how he'd react to challenging for an NBA title with a first-year executive such as Billups pulling the strings behind the scenes.
According to Turner Sports analyst David Aldridge, James is waiting to see how things play out:
David Aldridge @daldridgetnt
Told @KingJames keeping open mind, but wants to see who Billups/Cavs put in place. James is "very serious about structure,” says source.2017-6-20 03:10:27
Whoever takes over as the Cavaliers general manager will have the difficult task of upgrading the roster with next to no financial flexibility. The specter of James' impending free agency will also loom over the 2017-18 season.
Considering the expediency with which the Cavs identified Billups as a target and met with him for an interview, they likely won't take long to fill out their front office.