The Atlanta Hawks are scheduled to interview former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups next week for their general manager opening, league sources told ESPN.
The interview is expected to occur Tuesday in Los Angeles, sources say, and it is believed the organization isn’t looking to drag out the hiring process.
ESPN’s Marc Stein previously reported the Hawks have already interviewed Washington Wizards vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard and Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk.
Billups, 40, is a five-time All-Star who is regarded as one of the top young front-office prospects. The 2004 NBA Finals MVP has made it known throughout his 17-year professional career that under the right circumstances, he’d be intrigued by the possibility of running his own team.
Although he has no prior executive experience, Billups has long been a student of the game in understanding how to navigate within the collective bargaining agreement.
The Atlanta vacancy comes after coach Mike Budenholzer was stripped of his responsibility as president of basketball operations and Wes Wilcox, the former GM, was reassigned as special adviser to ownership earlier this month.
Atlanta is entering a pivotal offseason, with All-Star forward Paul Millsap poised to become an unrestricted free agent.