HoopsHype Chauncey Billups rumors

February 10, 2014 Updates
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The Pistons signed Chauncey Billups to be a veteran presence in the backcourt but knee injuries have limited him to 19 games and until Friday night he hadn’t played since Jan. 10 against the Suns. He signed a modest two-year, $5 million contract with a team option for next season. Perhaps Billups has something left to offer a contending team and could be moved before the trade deadline. The Pistons have playoff aspirations but it’s obvious Billups is not part of Detroit’s plans with Rodney Stuckey and WillBynum ahead of him in the rotation . Boston Globe

February 8, 2014 Updates

Cheeks also went with Chauncey Billups as backup point guard in place of Will Bynum, which whom he had a heated discussion during Wednesday's loss at Orlando. Billups hadn't played since Jan. 10. Cheeks said Bynum's benching was not punitive. "Nah, I just wanted to play Chauncey tonight," he said. Booth Newspapers

December 16, 2013 Updates

Whether Billups is sound enough of body to avert this course consistently is a separate question, but Sunday's 111-109 overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, after another fourth-quarter debacle, struck his competitive nerve. "My hope is that we can continue to learn from every loss and how we lost the game, just that we can learn from it, man, quit losing the same way," Billups said. "Granted, that's a good team. That's a good team. But in my opinion, we had this game won and we gave it to them. "You can look at it two different ways. We were competing against one of the best teams in the league, did a really good job, gave it away. Or you can look at it the way that I look at it, and that's just we're just not getting better in the fourth quarter." Booth Newspapers

Billups said he regularly tells Jennings that he has control of the offense, and if a play is called that runs contrary to what he sees, he also is empowered to execute something of a point-guard veto. "If you see something out there, everybody else is on the bench, you're out there, you've got the ball, you call what you want to call," Billups said. "But there's a lot of things going on out there in the game. Sometimes, you can get a little sidetracked." Booth Newspapers

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Will Bynum is expected to undergo an MRI on his re-aggravated hamstring. Bynum missed five games, returned for two games, then was expected to miss Friday’s game against the Lakers. Chauncey Billups, meanwhile, took shots in practice Thursday but didn’t run. His knee tendinitis has kept him from playing the last nine games. Detroit Free Press

November 29, 2013 Updates

Vincent Goodwill: Billups on Kobe's deal: "It’s bigger than that with Kobe. He’s the reason they sell out every game. Those tickets are worth a lot of money. Even on the road they sell out for Kobe. They have the No. 1 merchandise in the league. It’s not just ball for those 2 hrs." Twitter @vgoodwill

November 17, 2013 Updates

Mike Trudell: DET coach Mo Cheeks said both Chauncey Billups & Will Bynum will be out tonight. Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started at SG last game. Twitter @LakersReporter

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Billups was brought in because the Pistons are tired of being a lottery team. Detroit hasn’t been anywhere close to contending since Billups’ last stint with the franchise, and they’re hoping he can help them get back to the postseason after four seasons of winning 30 games or less. Billups is joining a young cast that features Smith, Jennings, Caldwell-Pope, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe among others. He’s expected to teach the players how to be professionals, work with the guards to make sure they’re playing to their full potential and be the veteran leader that this team needs. “I suspect my experience will come in handy all year for this team and that’s what I am here for,” Billups said. “I’m here to teach these guys. Not only that, but I can still play too. That’s exactly what I am here for though.” HoopsWorld

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Cheeks put the entire team on the line for sprints for telling him they had it down when it was clear they didn’t. “He put us on the line,” Billups said. “I said, ‘Man, I ain’t been on the line since like seventh grade.’ “He set the tone with that basically saying if we do it we’re going to do it right and we’re going to do it hard every time. I love the fact that he’s laid-back. If you do what you’re supposed to do, it makes for an easy, easy time.” Detroit Free Press

October 1, 2013 Updates

Of the eight new Pistons, only Chauncey Billups had to practice putting back on the hometown white uniform before Monday’s media day. “I had to, so it wouldn’t feel weird today,” said the 37-year-old guard who was reacquired in the offseason via free agency. “It feels like home.” When asked if he’d done that for the Clippers, Knicks or Nuggets, the teams he played for since being traded in 2008, he replied with a smile. “This means a little something different, as you can imagine,” he said. Detroit News

“I’ll tell you what: I’ll always consider myself to be a starter and a point guard,” Billups said. “Since then we’ve upgraded that spot. (Jennings is) a fantastic young player. I’m not here to be a star. I had my 15 minutes of fame, enjoyed it. But I do feel I can be very effective in whatever position Coach puts me in.” Detroit News

August 27, 2013 Updates

Richard Hamilton never recovered after Chauncey Billups was traded away. At least not while in a Detroit Pistons uniform. “When you are young you are like, ‘Aw, man, how can this happen? We are winning so much,’ ” Hamilton said of his feeling at the time. “You take it a little personal. We both kind of did.” Hamilton and Billups were back in town Monday, on the same team for the first time since Billups was sent to Denver five years ago. The old Pistons’ backcourt lent their names to a charity golf outing at Country Club of Detroit to help the Autism Alliance of Michigan: Billups and Hamilton, together again. “Feels great,” said Hamilton, who admitted it took him a while to get over the sting of losing his point guard. “We still talk all the time.” Detroit Free Press

August 14, 2013 Updates

Louisville businessman and former NBA star Junior Bridgeman has joined current NBA player Chauncey Billups in the purchase of 30 St. Louis restaurants from Wendy's Co. As the St. Louis Business Journal reported, the deal continues Bridgeman's long-term relationship with the Wendy's chain but marks a foray into the restaurant industry for Billups, a veteran guard who now plays for the Detroit Pistons. Business News

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