Report: Cavs lowballed offers to Chauncey Billups

theScore | Source, MSN

Cleveland Cavaliers team owner Dan Gilbert apparently continues to shortchange his front-office executives – and would-be front-office executives – when it comes to compensation.

The Cavaliers’ pursuit of Chauncey Billups for the role of team president failed partly because they made him a seriously below-market salary offer of $2 million per year, sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Dave McMenamin.

The initial offer from the Cavs was reportedly $1.5 million. The industry starting point for a team president’s salary is $4 million, league sources said.

Billups instead chose to participate in the BIG3 league and return to ESPN as a TV analyst.

Gilbert also refused when Cleveland’s former president, David Griffin, asked for a competitive raise in contract negotiations. Griffin earned less than $2 million per year. In addition, the Cavaliers barred Griffin from interviewing for other vacancies around the league.

The fallout saw Griffin – the architect of Cleveland’s only championship in five decades – leave the franchise on the eve of free agency. However, the separation only occurred after other vacancies had been filled, leaving Griffin without a job.

Assistant general manager Koby Altman is running the Cavaliers on an interim basis until a full-time replacement can be found – apparently, at a heavily reduced price.

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