Chauncey Billups Interviewed by Dan Gilbert for Cavaliers GM Opening

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22:  ESPN Analyst, Chauncey Billups does a segment before Game Four of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs during the 2017 NBA Playoffs on MAY 22, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert interviewed Chauncey Billups for the team's general manager opening Tuesday, ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin reported.

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.

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.

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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.

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