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This Trailblazer is under close watch, may not stay with team

Published May 10, 2024 at 5:39 PM

Yo, NBA family, let's talk about what's going down in Portland. Chauncey Billups, the man steering the ship for the Trail Blazers, is sitting on some shaky ground right now. Despite wrapping up his third season with a nod of approval from GM Joe Cronin, things look a bit off. Why? Well, just last week, the Blazers decided not to renew contracts for a couple of Billups' key assistant coaches, including his own brother, Rodney. Talk about a tense family dinner!

Billups is cruising into the last year of his contract, with Portland holding an option for 2025–26. But whispers around the league, especially from rival front offices, suggest that his days in Portland might be numbered. If Billups does exit, he's not going to be on the sidelines for long—he's already being eyed for other head coach spots.

Here's the kicker: Billups' record in Portland isn't exactly stellar at 81–165, but let's be real, has he ever really had the squad to push further? Despite the lackluster performance, he's still got some solid respect in NBA circles, thanks to his days with the Detroit Pistons and a stint as an assistant coach with the Clippers.

Currently, with spots open in LA, Washington, and Charlotte, and Phoenix and Detroit making some noise about changes, Billups could be a hot commodity. This whole situation is a classic example of how brutal the coaching game can be in the NBA. One minute you're in, the next, you're scouting your next gig. But for Billups, known for his resilience both on and off the court, this could be just another chapter in his basketball journey. Whether he stays or goes, it's clear he won't be benched for long. What do you think, should Portland hold on to Billups, or is it time for both to find new paths?

Source Clutchpoints: NBA rumors: Chauncey Billups' Blazers job under microscope
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May 10   |   1 answers
This Trailblazer is under close watch, may not stay with team

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