CLEVELAND (AP) — Ice Cube is chilling as he waits for Chauncey Billups to make a move.
The rapper-turned-basketball mogul said Wednesday that he doesn’t know if Billups will join Cleveland’s front office and lead the Cavaliers’ basketball operations. Last week, Cube, who co-founded Big3, a new 3-on-3 league featuring former NBA players, said he was certain Billups was taking a job with the Cavs and wished him well in his new endeavor.
BIG3 Basketball League founder Ice Cube, right, mouths out “Thank You” to the crowd who applauds him as he is announced during a timeout in the the first half of Game 3 of the league’s debut, Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
However, Billups, a five-time All-Star guard, remains undecided about leaving his TV analyst job and uprooting his family in Denver to start anew in Cleveland.
“We’ll find out I guess pretty soon here,” Cube said Wednesday in New York. “We hope he’d play in the Big 3 of course, but we wish him well if he decides to take the job in Cleveland. Our league is player friendly in every way you could think about. So we want him to be happy and successful in whatever he do.”
Billups met twice last week with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert about a future with the club. They’ve known each other for a decade and Gilbert is looking for someone to oversee the Cavaliers’ front office after general manager David Griffin parted ways with the team following three straight trips to the NBA Finals.
FILE – In this March 19, 2014 photo, Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups watches from the sideline during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. A person familiar with the situation says Billups has not made a decision about joining Cleveland’s front office. Billups is weighing several factors and remains unsure if he wants to head up the Cavs’ basketball operations, said the person who spoke Monday, June 26, 2017 to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
The 40-year-old Billups lacks front-office experience, but he’s well connected in the league and has an excellent reputation.
Gilbert was at the White House on Wednesday. He posed for photos with President Donald Trump and the Chicago Cubs, who were in Washington playing the Nationals and visited the White House to celebrate winning their first World Series title in 108 years last season.
Gilbert and Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner were at the White House to speak with Trump about the turnaround they’ve helped in Detroit.
Cube’s 3-on-3 venture tipped off last weekend and he’s hoping that if Billups doesn’t join the Cavaliers, he will play for one of the league’s eight teams.
“He’s one of the first guys to sign with us, so we really would love to see him in that Killer 3 Mr. Big Shot jersey with the No. 1 on it,” Cube said.
AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney in New York contributed to this report.
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