CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - With the Cavs possibly hiring Chauncey Billups, an ex-player with no front office experience, Tony Zarrella looks at current NBA teams who have turned the keys over to a star player:
Let's start at the top with Danny Ainge, the gold-standard among former players.
He's been in Boston 14 years, made the playoffs 11 times, with two trips to the Conference Finals and one NBA title, which came after brilliant trades for Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo.
But trading away Garnett and Paul Pierce looks even better- Ainge for three No. 1 picks from Brooklyn, pulling off any front office's dream- your team is contending, while another team is tanking *for* you. Boston, the No. 1 seed in the East, could have as many as *eight* first-round picks in the next three years. WOW.
Magic Johnson just took over the Lakers, so his grade is incomplete.
He drafted Lonzo Ball Thursday night, is gunning for Paul George, and LA, because it's LA, will always be in hunt for big-name free agents... Maybe even LeBron.
The other team in LA, the Clippers, could be sinking.
Doc Rivers has been the coach for four years, team president for three, and they've still never gotten out of the second-round.
Their Big 3- Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan- could all be gone soon.
After a nice run in New York, where he took the Knicks to two Finals in eight years, Ernie Grunfeld has been struggling in DC.