If the Minnesota Timberwolves fire general manager Scott Layden in the summer, the franchise could look at Chauncey Billups and Calvin Booth as potential replacements, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
Billups is currently an NBA analyst for ESPN. He has a very close relationship with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. The former point guard played two seasons in Minnesota during his playing career.
Booth, meanwhile, is the assistant general manager of the Denver Nuggets. He played in 366 NBA games from 1999-2009.
Washington and Phoenix are the other teams with a front-office vacancy alongside New Orleans. Minnesota is also expected to decide after the season whether to retain or replace GM Scott Layden, with ESPN's Chauncey Billups and Denver's Calvin Booth known to interest the Wolves
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 4, 2019
The Timberwolves are missing the playoffs this season after making it last year for the first time since 2004. This season has been a roller coaster for Minnesota.
Jimmy Butler requested a trade at the beginning of the season. Tom Thibodeau was then fired in January and replaced by Ryan Saunders.
The Timberwolves have had a losing season in 21 out of the 30 seasons of their NBA existence. This is a franchise that desperately needs a bright mind running the team behind the scenes, especially since they have a star player at their disposal right now in Karl-Anthony Towns.
It's unknown if Billups wants to leave ESPN and join an NBA front office. On the other hand, Booth could be looking for a promotion.