Rip Hamilton: Chauncey Billups Wants Blazers Coaching Job

In an interview with TMZ, former Pistons guard Richard “Rip” Hamilton indicated that Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups would like to become coach of the Trail Blazers.

“Chauncey wants to coach right now,” Hamilton said. “Hopefully, he gets his opportunity.”Chauncey Billups

Hamilton said he had just spoken with Billups, who reportedly is indeed in the mix for the Blazers vacancy. When asked if Billups wants to coach the Blazers, Hamilton answered, “Yeah.”

Billups is also said to be in the running for coaching openings with the Celtics and Pacers.

Hamilton and Billups shared the starting backcourt together in Detroit, winning the NBA championship in 2004. The Pistons of that era made six straight trips to the Easter Conference finals as well.

Billups, 44, is in his first season as an assistant under Tyronn Lue. The Clippers currently trail their Wester Conference semifinal series vs. the Jazz by a 1-0 count.

Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni, Michigan coach Juwan Howard and ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy are among the other names linked to the opening in Portland.

Blazers president Neil Olshey is looking to replace Terry Stotts, who mutually parted ways after nine seasons. Olshey said the process of interviewing candidates has already started.

”We’re running a very expansive, diverse search,” he said. We’ll probably have anywhere from 20 to 25 candidates in there with biographical data, background, intel, impact studies, coaching records, playing records, etc., so that we all are speaking the same language as we vet these candidates.”

Blazers star Damian Lillard has made it clear he’s a big fan of Billups, and it is believed Lillard will be consulted on the next hire.

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