Sources: Chauncey Billups interested in pursuing head-coaching job

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Former NBA champion and five-time All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups is interested in pursuing an NBA head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Billups, 43, has toyed with the idea of leading a team from the sidelines since retiring in 2014, but now it appears he’s fully invested in making the jump a reality, sources said.

Teams have now begun the process of researching Billups’ candidacy, sources said.

In 2012, general managers selected Billups as the active player who would one day make the best head coach.

Billups played 17 seasons in the league and was viewed by most of his teammates as a player-coach. His leadership skills and knack for hitting big shots gave him iconic status around the league.

He was always one of the most respected players among his peers and coaches.

In 2017, he was in talks to become the Cleveland Cavaliers’ general manager, but he later withdrew his name from consideration.

There are coaching vacancies in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Indiana and Chicago.

The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as head coach Thursday morning.

Former Detroit Piston Chauncey Billups, center, addresses fans at Little Caesars Arena while Richard Hamilton, left, and Ben Wallace look on during a celebration of their 2004 NBA Championship during halftime of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Chauncey Billups, center, addresses fans in a celebration of the 2004 NBA champion Detroit Pistons in 2019. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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