Chauncey Billups could join Tyronn Lue as associate NBA head coach
If Tyronn Lue takes one of the head coaching openings in the NBA, Chauncey Billups could join him as an associate head coach, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets will conduct coaching searches this offseason and Lue could interview for all three openings, with the Bulls and Pelicans vacating their head coach positions as recent as the last two days.
“Here’s something else that makes Lue’s candidacy even more intriguing to contenders: Teams are aware that Lue has been talking with Chauncey Billups about joining his potential staff as an associate head coach, sources tell ESPN. Billups had been grooming himself for a top front office role, but turned down the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017, and his interest in leaving television for the team-side has evolved from the front office to coaching, sources said.”
Lue won the 2016 championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers after taking over the head coach job following David Blatt’s mid-season dismissal. He was fired near the beginning of the 2018-19 season after the Cavs got off to an 0-6 start following the departure of LeBron James.
Nets superstar point guard Kyrie Irving always had a good relationship with Lue on the Cavs, so that could possibly benefit Lue once Brooklyn’s interviewing process begins in the offseason.
Billups, a former Finals MVP with the Detroit Pistons, currently works in television broadcasting for the Los Angeles Clippers. He and Tyronn Lue are longtime friends and interested in working together in the NBA.