Chauncey Billups, Cavaliers Reportedly Still Negotiating on Front Office Job

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 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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According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, Chauncey Billups and the Cleveland Cavaliers remain in negotiations to make the former player the Cavs' president of basketball operations.

Goodman reported that Billups "counter-offered" Tuesday, adding, "now it's in Dan Gilbert's court."

The Cavaliers reportedly offered Billups the job last week, per Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, though Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Sunday that an immediate resolution in the negotiations wasn't expected.

Billups, 40, has no front-office experience and has been working an analyst for ESPN. He would replace former general manager David Griffin, who built a title-winning team around LeBron James after the superstar returned to Cleveland in free agency in the summer of 2014.

Billups' first front-office gig would come with considerable pressure to win a title, especially since James is set to potentially become a free agent next summer. He would be tasked with answering several pressing questions.

Can he shake up the Cavaliers roster and put them in a better position to compete with the Golden State Warriors? Will he be able to orchestrate a potential trade for a superstar like Paul George? If he can't and the Cavaliers don't win a title in the 2017-18 season, can he convince James to remain in Cleveland?

Few jobs will be more complicated or higher-profile than that of running Cleveland's front office in the coming years. Billups will have his feet to the fire if he takes the job.

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