7:28pm: Billups’ visit with Cleveland was a result of his interest in playing there, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter). Billups worked out for the Cavs, and looked rusty but productive, per Spears’ source. No offer has been extended from Cleveland at this point.
12:09pm: The Cavs have met with free agent Chauncey Billups, tweets Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops, confirming an earlier report by Scott Sargent of WaitingForNextYear. It’s unclear whether the sides discussed a playing, coaching or front office role for the 37-year-old who’s spoken openly of the notion of retiring as a player while stopping short of ruling out a return to the court.
Billups acknowledged in March that multiple NBA teams had been in touch about a front office role and said he would consider such an opportunity with the Pistons should the team make it available. The Pistons and Cavs were both reportedly high on him for a job in the front office, though that was before the Pistons removed Joe Dumars, with whom Billups is close, from his role as president of basketball operations.
Nuggets GM Tim Connelly recently had a broad discussion with Billups, but it’s not clear if they spoke about any kind of role Billups might take on in Denver. Coaching holds no appeal to Billups, though Flip Saunders apparently envisioned hiring him as an assistant for the Wolves earlier this summer.
The Pistons declined their team option on Billups for this coming season, and renounced his rights as well, though they’d still be able to offer him the minimum salary, which is likely all he could command after appearing in just 19 games in an injury-wracked 2013/14. The Cavs wouldn’t be able to pay him more than the minimum should they sign him to play.