Cavs lost Chauncey Billups with low-ball offer for front office job

The Cleveland Cavaliers were interested in hiring Chauncey Billups as their new president of basketball operations, but judging by their low-ball offer, the interest may not have been that high.

The Cavaliers offered Billups a $2 million annual salary, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Marc Spears, a number considered below market for a team president. The offer was initially $1.5 million, per ESPN, whereas $4 million is the usual starting point for team president contract negotiations.

For example, newly hired Los Angeles Lakers president Rob Pelinka signed a five-year deal worth more than $20 million this summer, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Phil Jackson, who stepped down as New York Knicks’ president, signed a five-year deal worth $60 million (though James Dolan is known to overpay).

Cleveland, according to ESPN, is known for its reluctance to invest in Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale front-office leadership positions.

Evans doesn’t replace any of what Green does on the floor, but he does give the Grizzlies another ball-handler to employ at a low cost. With Ben McLemore’s deal in place at $11 million over the next two years and a new deal with Evans, the Grizzlies are pushing up against the salary cap.

On July 4, Green’s agent said he was looking at offer Cheap NFL Jerseys Embroidered sheets and sign-and-trade options, indicating that the Grizzlies weren’t too interested in bringing Green back to Memphis.

Whether he returns depends on how lucrative any offer sheet he signs is. If it’s too much, Memphis probably won’t push the luxury tax to retain him.

Either way, Evans is a solid fit in Memphis. He’ll be able to come in and immediately contribute as a ball-handler, which is something the Grizzlies lacked behind Mike Conley last season. If Chandler Parsons is healthy, having Evans play behind him could do wonders for Memphis’ depth on the wing.

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