HoopsHype Chauncey Billups rumors

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"I don't agree that Blake Griffin is soft. But what I will say about Blake is that he's maybe too nice of a guy," Billups said. "Because there's been times in games where people take shots at Blake. And I tell him if that's me, you're going to have to take this two- or three-game suspension, and I'm going to punish somebody. That's just how I'm built. Blake is not really built like that. He's ... too soft of a guy inside for him to be like, 'All right, I'm just going to hurt somebody.' He just won't do it. I wish he would, and I think that people would look at him a lot different if he did that. But he's just not that kind of person." ESPN.com

The Miami Heat went after Chauncey Billups before last season but weren’t able to get him. They soon will have another chance. The veteran point guard will become a free agent July 1. He said he then will consider the Heat. “Of course, I would have interest in Miami, of course,’’ Billups told FOX Sports Florida after having received the NBA’s inaugural Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award prior to Sunday night’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena. FOXSports Florida

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A tantalizing candidate to be the Clippers' next head coach posited by one NBA executive if the team would like to maximize its chances of Chris Paul re-signing with the franchise: Chauncey Billups. I can't tell you if Billups is interested in retiring as a player at this point, or even if being a head coach is what he wants to do next, but he certainly knows the game well enough, has long held unusual authority among his peers on the court and in the locker room. Then there's this: no one is closer on that team than Paul and Billups. I also know that Paul's control of the franchise, by virtue of the fact the Clippers will do anything to keep him, is nearly absolute. As for the current head coach, Vinny Del Negro, the consensus around the NBA is that this first-round ouster is almost certain to cost him his job. There are plenty of contributing factors that led to their demise that Del Negro couldn't control -- Billups' Achilles tendon issues, Blake Griffin's high ankle sprain, to name two -- but owner Donald Sterling simply invested too much in this team to be out of the postseason already. If Del Negro stays, it's because Paul wants him to stay and I haven't heard from anyone that Paul is willing to go to bat for Del Negro in that way. I only hope that over the next few months Paul doesn't feign that he will have nothing to do with who gets the job next or del Negro not being retained. The only way that could be true is if he tells the Clippers definitively that he is not coming back; otherwise, they are assuredly going to be highly interested in who Paul thinks should run the team. Sulia

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Chauncey Billups: “I’m proud of him. I’m proud that he’s able to feel comfortable in his own skin and be who he is and be comfortable enough to come out. Now, I’m pretty sure he feels free and feels like he can live a little bit.” “It didn’t really matter to me which sport it was. I’m more proud that he had the courage to do it. With the media today and social media and things like that and all the different outlets just having that courage is commendable.” NBA.com

April 22, 2013 Updates

Chauncey Billups – Unrestricted Sources close to Billups say he wants to remain with the Clippers beyond this season and that if he’s not in LA that retiring is more likely than adding another team on his resume. Billups has been instrumental as a coach on the floor for the younger Clipper guards and his imprint is evident in almost every facet of how the Clipper guards prepare for games. The Clippers will face some tough economic decisions, but retaining Billups for another year shouldn’t be a problem and don’t be surprised to hear that Chris Paul makes resigning Billups a condition on him signing his next deal. Billups is that important to the process. Some have suggested that the best move would be to make Billups a coach going forward, however, Billups laughs off the notion of his future being in a suit as a coach, although watching him interact with the younger guards he’s a natural; he just wants to keep playing. HoopsWorld

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After playing in 22 games this year due to a variety of ailments, including returning Tuesday from an eight-game absence with a strained right groin, Billups says he’s feeling healthy heading into Saturday’s Game 1 of what’s expected to be a lengthy first-round playoff series. “I’m good,” Billups said. “I’m fine. I’m ready to go. NBA.com

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