Chauncey Billups may be the subject of continued rumors linking him with the Cleveland Cavaliers' general manager vacancy, but that didn't stop the five-time All-Star from suiting up for the Killer 3's in the BIG3 tournament.
The event shifted to Charlotte, North Carolina, for its second week of action, and the Killer 3's lost their second game in a row, falling 50-45 to Power.
Playing for Killer 3's will have provided what is likely a much-needed distraction for the 40-year-old, even though he didn't come out on the winning end. He finished with 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting. The BIG3's Twitter account shared video of Billups' top highlight:
4-point-shot, meet Chauncey Billups. @thebig3 returns tomorrow at 8 PM ET on FS1 https://t.co/u7gMzPFLOr2017-7-3 01:44:30
Cuttino Mobley led all scorers with 23 points, and his two free throws secured the victory for Power.
Uproxx's Martin Rickman noted Billups still has a competitive fire despite being out of the NBA for three years:
martin rickman @martinrickman
billups hits a shot to send it to halftime (25-point mark) and spends next few seconds arguing with ref about 2 vs 32017-7-2 19:28:08
HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy reported Sunday morning Billups is continuing to weigh whether he'll accept the Cavs GM job despite playing in the BIG3. According to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, Billups' representatives gave Cavs owner Dan Gilbert a counter-offer Tuesday.
Billups discussed the situation after Sunday's game, per Sporting News' Andy Wittry:
Andy Wittry @AndyWittry
Chauncey Billups said he'll most likely reach a decision re: Cavs Pres. of Basketball Ops within the next few days. https://t.co/XCm2vhKLMf2017-7-2 20:16:27
Although he helped the North Carolina Tar Heels win a national championship in 2005, the Charlotte crowd offered Rashad McCants an overwhelmingly negative reaction when he stepped on the court for Trilogy. Ashley Holder of WCCB in Charlotte shared a video in which the fans are booing McCants while he's at the charity stripe:
Ashley Holder @AshNoelleTV
Carolina fans not taking it easy on former Carolina champ Rashad McCants. Boos all around for NC guy. https://t.co/4zdMpZqQpU2017-7-2 18:27:55
McCants came forward in 2014 to claim the school committed various academic infractions in order to keep him eligible to play basketball.
"Right now, my name probably is a guy that's trying to ruin North Carolina," McCants said in May, per the News & Observer's C Jackson Cowart.
Despite playing in what was hostile territory, McCants finished with 13 points in the 50-37 victory over 3 Headed Monsters, while Al Harrington led Trilogy with 20 points.
Ten points away from defeat, Ball Hogs overcame a 40-25 second-half deficit to beat Tri State 50-44. Derrick Byars won the game with a three-pointer. Byars' 19 points were tied for most on the team along with Rasual Butler.
Byars and Butler took their team name literally as they combined to score 32 of Ball Hogs' 34 second-half points as they came from behind to earn their first win of the tournament.
Arguably BIG3's biggest star, Allen Iverson tasted defeat for the first time after Ghost Ballers went on a 10-0 run at the end of the game to beat 3's Company 50-45.
3's Company didn't have much of an answer for Ivan Johnson, who scored 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Mike Bibby chipped in with a game-high 20 points.
Iverson only attempted four shots in the game and scored two points.
The BIG3 will head to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the third round of play July 9. Six more weeks remain before the playoffs Aug. 20 in Seattle.