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NBA teams are monitoring the status of Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups, according to sources

As coaching positions open up in the NBA, teams are monitoring the situation with Chauncey Billups in Portland, league sources said. Sports illustrated.

Billups, 47, recently completed his third season as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. He received a vote of confidence from general manager Joe Cronin last month, but last week the organization decided not to renew the contracts of two of Billups’ assistants, including Billups’ younger brother, Rodney. As Billups enters the final year of his contract — Portland has a team option for the 2025-26 season — there has been speculation within rival front offices that Portland and its head coach could part ways.

If Billups leaves Portland, he would immediately emerge as a candidate for other jobs, sources said.

Despite a poor record in Portland – the Blazers are 81-165 under Billups – the ex-Detroit Pistons star remains highly regarded in the NBA. Currently, three teams – the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets – have coaching openings. The Phoenix Suns are reportedly evaluating Frank Vogel’s future and Detroit, where Billups played parts of eight seasons, recently announced plans to hire a new president of basketball operations.

In 2021, Billups was hired by the Blazers in hopes he could elevate a perennial playoff team to a title contender. Injuries marred Billups’ first two seasons, and last summer Portland traded Damian Lillard, ending the star point guard’s 11-year stint with the franchise and beginning what was expected to be a lengthy rebuild.

At the Blazers’ end-of-season media availability, Cronin praised Billups’ performance. He called Billups “an incredible leader” and “an incredible teacher” for Portland’s young roster. But while Billups told reporters he was focused on winning next season, Cronin shifted the focus to developing Portland’s young core, headlined by Anfernee Simons and Scoot Henderson. The Blazers, who finished tied for the NBA’s third-worst record, will add another high lottery pick to the roster next year.

Billups publicly said he would take on the challenge of coaching in the final year of his contract.

“That’s a decision I don’t make,” Billups said. “I just try to do my job the best I can, and if they see there’s something valuable to do (an expansion), then that’s their business. But I am determined to do the best work.”