HoopsHype Chauncey Billups rumors

February 25, 2014 Updates

Time is running out on the Detroit Pistons and, perhaps, the brilliant basketball career of Chauncey Billups. Billups, who had knee surgery to clean up a small left meniscus tear last week, hopes to play again this season, yet seemed to yield to the possibility that his career could be over late Monday after the Pistons lost 104-96 to the Golden State Warriors. "Father Time is undefeated, man," Billups said. Asked if that means he could lose the inevitable fight, Billups didn't bother playing it coy. "My gas light is on," he said. Booth Newspapers

His two-year contract includes a team option for next year, which the Pistons certainly wouldn't exercise on an unhealthy player -- nor, perhaps, would Billups stick around under those conditions. "It all kind of depends how this feels and how things are with the knee," he said. "If the knee is fine, then sure, absolutely, I would like to come back. If it's not, I don't want to come back and do this. It's tough to do this, especially on a team when we're not a winning team at this stage." Booth Newspapers

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Billups does not use the hard approach for Jennings. He knows he is still recovering from the Cheeks firing. A softer touch is needed. And Billups makes a point to approach Jennings when he has words of wisdom. “I really enjoy working with Brandon and trying to teach him to take the reins and taking responsibility for being a leader,” Billups said. “I know he is a little disappointed Mo had to leave. Mo gave him a lot of confidence and responsibility. Now I told him his responsibility does not change. You have to lean on things he taught you.” Detroit News

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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

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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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