Chauncey Billups Rumors: Clippers Asst. Linked to Pelicans, Wizards, Magic HC Jobs

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJune 18, 2021

Former Detroit Piston Chauncey Billups, center, addresses fans at Little Caesars Arena while Richard Hamilton, left, and Ben Wallace look on during a celebration of their 2004 NBA Championship during halftime of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
AP Photo/Duane Burleson

Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Chauncey Billups appears to have plenty of options this offseason if he's ready to move into a head coaching role.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the five-time All-Star is a "prominent candidate" for the Portland Trail Blazers. The Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly shown interest as well.

Wojnarowski included him on the Boston Celtics' list of potential successors to Brad Stevens as well.

Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest reported Portland planned to interview Billups and San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon. The Athletic's John Hollinger reported that league sources think the former Detroit Pistons star is the "likely choice" for the Blazers.

The 44-year-old Billups had a decorated playing career, making three All-NBA teams and playing a vital role for the Pistons during their 2004 championship run. That resume would command respect in an NBA locker room.

In 2017, it looked like he would return to the league in a front-office role rather than on the sideline. He interviewed for the Atlanta Hawks' general manager vacancy and was a candidate to become the Cleveland Cavaliers' president of basketball operations.

Billups moved into the coaching ranks this season, joining Ty Lue's new staff in Los Angeles. While being a candidate doesn't equal receiving a job offer, the number of teams looking at him indicates his stock is rising.

Billups might have a variety of paths available for his first gig.

The Magic are rebuilding and thus could provide job security. The Blazers, Celtics, Pelicans and Wizards, on the other hand, are looking to contend. Each opening presents a different set of circumstances and challenges.


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