Chauncey Billups among 4 candidates to interview for Timberwolves front office opening
The Minnesota Timberwolves have interviewed former Finals MVP and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups as one of four candidates for a role in the front office, according to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
Billups has previous rapport with owner Glen Taylor from his days as a player with the organization (2000-02), as well as a strong reputation with the rest of the league due to his basketball IQ and knowledge of various aspects of the game.
The former Detroit Pistons floor general was interviewed by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert for a vacancy in his front office, but the 43-year-old declined, citing his affinity for his current job and wanting to remain close to his family in his native Colorado.
It’s worth noting that the Timberwolves have two vacancies in the front office, one for a general manager and another for a president of basketball operations, making it possible to hire two of the aforementioned candidates to work together under the same front office, according to Dane Moore of ESPN 1500.
The future of current Timberwolves general manager Scott Layden has yet to be determined. Layden was hired in the spring of 2016 along with Tom Thibodeau, who was brought on as both head coach and president of basketball operations. Thibodeau was fired in January.
Otherwise, the priority would fall on the president’s chair, which would set the new hire to find his own front office partner in the ensuing weeks, hoping to have one by the start of the NBA Draft Lottery.