The roster for the 2014-2015 Cleveland Cavaliers is beginning to take shape as the off-season continues on. On Wednesday morning, it was reported by Scott Sargent of Waiting For Next Year that Chauncey Billups is meeting with the Cavaliers:
Could Chauncey Billups be the next veteran to join the Cleveland Cavaliers? Multiple sources tell WFNY that Billups, a five-time NBA All-Star, spent Tuesday in Cleveland with Cavs head assistant coach Tyronn Lue, ultimately finishing up his trip with a Warehouse District dinner meeting alongside Lue, Cavs general manager David Griffin, head coach David Blatt. This, of course, comes one day after the Cavs contingent met with free agent small forward Shawn Marion.
The nature of any discussions with the Cavs are unclear, but it is believed that Billups, who will be 38 years old by the time the 2014-15 season tips off, is interested in eventually moving into a coaching or executive role once he officially retires. Retiring is the operative word, however, as the 2004 NBA Finals MVP was believed to be in search of another contract as recent as early July, working out in Las Vegas and reportedly looking good despite his age and recent run of injuries.
While the desired position is still to be determined, the veteran presence of Billups would likely be welcomed in any capacity. Billups has been known as a leader and a strong locker room presence, which is something that the Cavs have missed for the past four seasons.
But while Billups is a much more proven option at the back up point guard position than Matthew Dellavedova, there are questions about how reliable he would be after playing only 19 games last season for the Detroit Pistons. While his presence would be appreciated, David Griffin will need to consider if that roster spot could be better utilized, assuming that Billups' desire is to join the team as a player.