By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – An integral member of the Detroit Pistons team that won a championship in 2004, point guard Chauncey Billups returned to Detroit this year to try to help steady the struggling franchise. For nearly a decade, however, Billups has contemplated the idea of becoming an executive after his playing days conclude.
That transition could happen soon, and it could happen in Detroit, Billups told Terry Foster of 97.1 The Ticket.
The Pistons fired their first-year head coach Maurice Cheeks after just 50 games this season, and longtime general manager and former beloved Detroit player Joe Dumars just recently resigned after the end of a fifth straight season in which the Pistons missed the playoffs.
Billups told Foster his experience with leading teams as a point guard, a position at which a player must evaluate the talent of his teammates and also their egos, will help him in an executive role. Though Billups still enjoys playing and missed the game while sidelined by injuries this season, during which he played in just 19 games, he said he could take a front office job now if given the opportunity.
The question is whether the Pistons, led by Los Angeles-based owner Tom Gores, will give him that shot.