Cavaliers remain in turmoil with Chauncey Billups passing up chance to run team

“The timing just isn’t right to delve into that role in Cleveland,” Chauncey Billups said. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Since June 1, when the NBA Finals kicked off, things haven’t gone so well for the Cavaliers. They got spanked by the Warriors in five games, then made a surprise move — one that apparently displeased LeBron James — by parting ways with general manager David Griffin.

The departure of Griffin, who helped build Cleveland squads that made three straight trips to the Finals, including the franchise’s first championship, was swiftly followed by reports of an intriguing possible replacement: Chauncey Billups. However, the former point guard announced Monday that he was withdrawing from consideration for a job as the Cavs’ president of basketball operations, thickening the cloud of uncertainty and dysfunction hanging over the team.

“I have great respect for [owner] Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and I greatly appreciate the discussions we had regarding their organization,” Billups said in a statement to ESPN. “As I have conveyed before, ultimately I would like to lead a team’s basketball operation and be a part of a successful franchise.

“But presently, the timing just isn’t right to delve into that role in Cleveland. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on broadcasting and my

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