Chauncey Billups Didn't Speak with LeBron James Before Rejecting Cavaliers Job

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2017

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While LeBron James' future is one of the biggest storylines surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers, it reportedly didn't have an impact on Chauncey Billups' decision to turn down a front office role with the team.

According to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears, Billups didn't speak with James while he contemplated the team's offer.

Billups provided a statement to's Adrian Wojnarowski about his decision:

"I have great respect for Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and I greatly appreciate the discussions we had regarding their organization. As I have conveyed before, ultimately I would like to lead a team's basketball operation and be a part of a successful franchise. But presently, the timing just isn't right to delve into that role in Cleveland. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on broadcasting and my other business endeavors."

The Cavs are now left without any outside candidates to succeed former general manager David Griffin, as's Joe Vardon reported Billups was the only person under consideration for the top personnel role.

Vardon noted assistant GM Koby Altman has assumed interim GM duties and that Gilbert could look for other candidates but that Altman is a contender to be promoted as well.

Altman has made a pair of moves since free agency opened Saturday. Priority Sports, which represents veteran point guard Jose Calderon, announced Calderon agreed to a contract with the Cavs, and's Brian Windhorst reported Sunday that Cleveland agreed to a three-year, $22 million extension with Kyle Korver.