Blazers, Billups Finalize Five-Year Deal to Make Him Team’s New Head Coach
It is official.
Over the weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers have finalized a five-year deal to make former Detroit Pistons point guard the franchise’s new head coach.
After spending some time on the television side following the conclusion of his playing career, Billups has transitioned into a coaching role as an assistant on Tyron Lue’s bench in Los Angeles for the Clippers. Since retirement, Billups has also received some front office interest from various teams.
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“Portland is a special place and a unique franchise,” Billups said in a statement. “As a player I always loved playing here because the passion and knowledge of the fans brought out the very best in me as a competitor. Now I’m looking forward to being on the other side of that energy and engaging with the Portland community on a whole other level.”
The fifth year in the deal is said to be a team option.
According to sources close to the situation, the team has taken a good amount of time throughout the process investigating an alleged sexual assault incident from 1997 which involved Billups. Upon making the hire official, the Blazers are confident that Billups has done nothing to disqualify him from manning the team’s bench.
The Blazers will look to surround Billups with an experienced bench of assistant coaches and will introduce him to the Portland media in a press conference on Tuesday.