The Detroit Pistons have expressed interest in hiring former franchise point guard Chauncey Billups as part of a tandem with Arn Tellem to take part in a revamped front office next season, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
Billups had previously rejected an offer from personal friend Dan Gilbert, when he was offered the position of general manager upon the firing of David Griffin in the summer. Billups cited being at a place of comfort with his job as an ESPN studio analyst and close to his family in his native Denver, CO.
Despite the 41-year-old's dismissal of the previous offer, the Pistons believe they have a real shot at hauling in his services due to his history with the franchise and deep ties with the city of Detroit, according to Shauntel Lowe of The New York Times.
The 6-foot-3 former floor general has been a staple of the franchise's success after the Bad Boys era, coming over from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2002 and delivering a championship in 2004 after beating the favorite Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in the NBA Finals, garnering Finals MVP honors.
Detroit had been rumored to be looking for a change of direction with the team's front office, with prior reports indicating that Tellem, a former player-agent turned vice chairman of the Pistons, could take over Stan Van Gundy's duties as president of basketball operations.