Injured Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups’ days as NBA player are nearing their end, if not already over. Since 2005, Billups has been steadily gaining experience for the next phase of his career in the L. Chauncey could soon move into the Pistons’ front-office. Per the Detroit News:
After helping the Pistons win their first title in 15 years, the Pistons guard wanted to learn about the business side of the NBA. Life in the front office.
So Billups began sitting in on meetings with then-team president Joe Dumars and his assistants, Scott Perry and John Hammond.
Billups learned how to set up a draft room. He learned what executives looked for when evaluating talent.
Now, he believes he’s ready to move into the front office.
“Yeah, it is something I think I could do,” Billups said.
The Pistons front office is in flux and needs to be cleaned out. That process began when Dumars was let go and given the title of “consultant.”
Now, the next generation of leadership needs to be addressed.
With a management team perceived to be a group of outsiders, hiring Billups makes sense — he can serve as a bridge between the past and future of the organization.
“First I had to think about if I wanted to coach or if I wanted to do executive work,” Billups said. “I learned a lot. I kind of sat up under those guys and I gained a lot of experience.”
Billups is attractive as an executive because he’s more than a basketball player. He’s a businessman — he co-owns 30 Wendy’s restaurants with former NBA player Junior Bridgeman.
“Being a leader of a team, you have to know what works,” Billups said.
“You have to be able to evaluate talent, egos. Being a point guard and evaluating a team is a small snapshot I believe helps you put together a team.”
Billups’ days as a player are behind him. The problem is, he still has the fire to get the Pistons back on track. He still wants to play and is willing to go through the trials of camp to do that.