Five-time NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups was once considered likely to become President of Basketball Operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, the 2004 NBA Finals MVP eventually declined the gig. Billups, who was also linked to a job with the Atlanta Hawks, joined The Vic Lombardi Show on Altitude Sports Radio. He spoke about Kyrie Irving requesting a trade from the Cavaliers among other things.
Billups played college basketball at the University of Colorado and suited up for the Denver Nuggets twice during his professional career. He is currently an NBA analyst for ESPN and he’s also playing in the BIG3 league that’s run by Ice Cube.
Billups does want to run a team’s front office eventually, stating that it is something he has always wanted to do. However, he said it didn’t quite feel right “in his spirit” to take the Cleveland job.
While he said he didn’t speak with LeBron James until after he removed his name from consideration, Billups said he wasn’t bothered about the idea of James leaving Cleveland and called rebuilding a “beautiful” thing. He said that the Cavaliers’ lack of assets was more concerning.
But the most interesting point of the interview was when Billups spoke about Irving. When asked if he was surprised about the recent rumors, he took a deep breath and said no.
“As they were doing their due diligence on me, I was doing the same thing. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know. But that’s unfortunate, man. Because he’s a special talent and in my opinion, so much of what he’s been able to accomplish on and off the floor has been a beneficiary of having LeBron James, man.”
Billups said it would be “alarming” for him if he were running a front office and had a chance to acquire Irving. He speculated that because Irving has already won a title, maybe now he wants to win an MVP award.
Otherwise, he is having trouble making sense of the situation and why Irving would want to leave a winning situation. Listen to the full interview below: