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NBA Rumors: Chauncey Billups to Interview Monday for Timberwolves' President Job

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2019

Former Detroit Pistons player Chauncey Billups addresses the media before the NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons are scheduled to retire his jersey during a halftime ceremony. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves will interview ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups for their president of basketball operations opening, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Calvin Booth of the Denver Nuggets, Trajan Langdon of the Brooklyn Nets and Gersson Rosas of the Houston Rockets have all already interviewed for the job, but Billups will be the final interview on Monday.

Billups has been a studio analyst for ESPN since 2014, expanding his role over the past five years. He signed a multiyear contract to remain with the network in 2017.

Before that, he spent 17 years in the NBA as a player with seven different organizations. He earned five All-Star selections, winning the 2004 NBA title with the Detroit Pistons.

His experience playing in the NBA combined with his time analyzing it professionally could allow him to make a successful transition to running a team. On the other hand, the other candidates have more experience working for an organization and seeing that side of the operation.

No matter the hire, Minnesota needs some stability after firing president and coach Tom Thibodeau in January. 

The Timberwolves are coming off a disappointing year in which the team finished just 36-46 despite high expectations. After finally reaching the postseason last season, the squad was back in the lottery for the 14th time in 15 years.

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The new president will need to help put together a roster that can consistently get into the playoffs and hopefully advance into deeper rounds.

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