This past July, Chauncey Billups took his name out of consideration for the Cleveland Cavaliers' President of Basketball Operations, telling ESPN's The Undefeated that "it just wasn’t time." Billups resumed his role at ESPN as an NBA analyst and will be in the broadcast booth for the first time Wednesday when the Denver Nuggets host the Cleveland Cavaliers (8:30 p.m. ESPN). Billups is happy in his current job and said he isn't actively soliciting front office opportunities across the league. But his aspiration to run an NBA franchise still burns strong. "It's still a desire of mine," Billups told BSN Denver. "When it's time, it will happen." The five-time All-Star, 2004 NBA Finals MVP and future Hall-of-Famer who said he's not interested in coaching, seems like a natural fit for any top basketball decision-making post. During his playing days, Billups boasted one of the league's top basketball IQ's and his clout amongst the rest of the NBA would likely go a long way when pitching marquee free agents. Whenever the next front office opening comes about, Billups will listen. "Most of the time when you get a job like that, it's because the situation is not good," Billups said. "If it was that good, that job wouldn't be open. Sometimes it's about fit but at the end of the day, there are only 30 of those jobs in the world. So if somebody's interested in you, you have to strongly consider that if its something that you're passionate about and it's something you want to do." Until then Billups — who was raised in the Park Hill neighborhood of East Denver, went to the University of Colorado and still makes his home in Denver today — will continue in his role at ESPN. He said he's a fan of the present-day Nuggets and the franchise he spent a total of five seasons with throughout his 17-year career.
Chauncey Billups: 'Still a desire of mine' to be NBA exec
BSN Denver | Mar 7