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Chauncey Billups Comments on Working in Nuggets Front Office

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIJune 4, 2016

Former Detroit Pistons Chauncey Billups is introduced during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons retired Billups jersey during a halftime ceremony. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Chauncey Billups would love to join an NBA front office if the right opportunity presented itself. One of those possibilities could be his former team, the Denver Nuggets.

In an interview with AM 1340 in Denver on Friday, the five-time All-Star said the ideal spot for him would be a franchise that's committed to winning.

"If the right role was available—and I've always made known, I haven't been quiet or private about it at all," Billups said, per Matt Moore of CBS Sports. "I've always had a passion to run a team, to put together a team. That's always been a passion of mine. I think I could do a phenomenal job at that."

Billups' best NBA years came with the Detroit Pistons, but he's a Denver native and was an important player on the Nuggets team that made the Western Conference Finals in 2009. The Nuggets won 33 games this year and are in the midst of a rebuild with a core of young, talented players like Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic.

"I want to be somewhere with somebody where they really, really want to go win," Billups said, per Moore. "They're just not OK with mediocrity—and I'm not saying that's what [the Nuggets] are 100 percent—but it has to be the right situation for me."

After 10 straight postseason appearances from 2004-13, the Nuggets missed the playoffs for the third straight season this year. They showed signs of getting better late in the year, which included a stretch of five wins in six games and four wins against playoff teams, including the San Antonio Spurs.

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Billups is a smart basketball mind and would be a vital component to Denver's resurgence. It would be beneficial, however, to improve under year two of head coach Mike Malone's tenure to start taking the Nuggets seriously.

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