The Draft has come and gone, and so has the start of free agency. The Cavaliers still don’t have a president of basketball operations or a GM, which some could construe as problematic.
Unfortunately for Dan Gilbert and co., Josina Anderson is reporting that there’s still no timeline on whether Billups will accept the job.
My understanding is Chauncey Billups is still mulling over pres. of bball ops job w/t #Cavs & is still uncertain over timeline of decision.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 1, 2017
Don't interpret uncertainty right now w/t timeline for a decision to mean that it'll definitely take a lot longer. It'll come when it comes.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 1, 2017
This is obviously very discouraging for the Cavaliers, who have been without a leader of the front office since June 19 when David Griffin was not retained as GM.
Dan Gilbert has not interviewed anybody else for the position, unless somebody snuck in under reporters noses, which feels unlikely. At some point, you have to wonder when it’s time for the Cavaliers to start looking at other candidates, if not just as a contingency plan.
I’m not as familiar with the inner workings of an NBA front office, but it seems that if Chauncey ends up turning them down and they have to start from scratch, that seems to be fairly problematic. You also need to be careful to make sure you don’t insult your top candidate either, so it’s a tricky situation.
On the bright side, at least we have this:
Chauncey Billups is expected to make his @thebig3 debut Sunday at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, I'm told.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 1, 2017
I know that this functionally doesn’t mean anything but damn, if it doesn’t sort of sum up the Cavaliers front office situation right now, I’m not sure what does. The team is reportedly interested in free agents that wouldn’t be a ton of help (Jose Calderon hasn’t been playable for like, three years) and Dan Gilbert seems to have more input on basketball decisions than he’s had in a long time.
At least Chauncey is going to get a good run in while he mulls it over. Hopefully for the Cavs sake, this saga is over soon.