As free agency gets closer and closer, the Cleveland Cavaliers still do not have a general manager in place to replace David Griffin. And according to a report, Billups is the only candidate to have met with Cavs owner David Griffin.
Per the Associated Press’ Tom Withers, Billups is still weighing the Cavs’ offer that is reportedly for five years. Withers’ report also notes that there is no timeline in place for Billups to make a decision.
On one hand, maybe discussions are more advanced than has been reported and Gilbert has some level of confidence that Billups will take the job. But on the other hand, it seems odd that Gilbert — who is doing the hiring for a job that will answer directly to him — hasn’t interviewed anyone outside of Billups. Ex-Bucks and Jazz executive Justin Zanik has been linked to a job under Billups, but it seems as if he has not met with Gilbert in any capacity.
At this point, it’s unclear who actually take over the front office in Cleveland and when it will happen. But it’s clear that the Cavs have zeroed in Billups as their lone option. If he does decline the job, they’ll be left scrambling to interview and hire someone else as the offseason kicks into full gear. For a team considering and seeking out major moves, this is less than ideal.