HoopsHype Chauncey Billups rumors

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Yet with the Eastern Conference’s longest active string of missing the playoffs, it was time for a change. “You’re talking about an icon,” said Chauncey Billups, whom Dumars brought back to Detroit this past off-season. “An icon in this city and being with this organization for 30 years, being really the center of all that was good here and all the championships that were here — he was kind of the center of all of that and as much to do with that as far as anybody. Obviously he’s an icon here and done a great job. He built this franchise up and kept it going. “That’s the NBA, sometimes it’s just time for a change, and obviously that time’s now, but what he did here was remarkable.” Detroit Free Press

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Against that backdrop, a return next season seems unlikely, though Billups said he hasn't made that decision and that "several things go into it." "The knee will be one of the things that, of course, will let me know if I can come back and play, if that's an option," Billups said. "And then there will be maybe some external opportunities that will be worth taking a look at -- maybe. Maybe there won't be. So it's kind of touch and go." Booth Newspapers

Billups' first order of postseason business is to return to Denver, wife Piper, and their three daughters. Cydney, the oldest, is a heavily recruited 16-year-old high school soccer standout who is completing her sophomore year and intends to attend the University of Texas, her father said. Ciara and Cenaiya are aspiring dancers. "I'll just go catch up with them while I kind of reflect and see what direction I want to go," Billups said. Booth Newspapers

April 6, 2014 Updates

Pistons guard Chauncey Billups might want to transition into a different role as a front-office executive this summer. He could draw some interest in Detroit, which is expected to allow GM Joe Dumars to walk at the end of the season. Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Cavs and Denver Nuggets could also be interested. There are also rumors of the Cavs’ interest in former New York Knicks GM Isiah Thomas. I just can’t buy into them as legitimate. News-Herald

April 4, 2014 Updates

Q: Pause for us all to light ourselves on fire. Brian Windhorst: I don’t think Dan’s going to go that route. Dan is interested in Chauncey Billups, but I don’t think you can turn the team over to a guy [with no experience]. GM is job that you have to be groomed for. But I think he’d like a guy who could bring a fresh perspective and has some clout like that. David Griffin doesn’t. ESPN.com

March 20, 2014 Updates

He feels the years most in his knees. The left knee, this season. First it was sore. Then it had tendinitis. Then it required surgery. Rehabilitation is where he is at now. He was in Denver on Wednesday night with the Detroit Pistons and still hopes to get back on the court this season. And he's trying to stave off retirement. "You never do know when it's going to be up," Billups said. "And obviously the older you get, the closer it gets." Denver Post

But he's also weighing the past three seasons and injuries that have kept him from playing more than 22 games in any of them because of a variety of injuries (foot, Achilles, groin and back). "Injuries have been a problem for me the last few years," Billups said. Denver Post

He was asked how it has been being back in Detroit. "It's been great, actually," Billups said. "Obviously the team is not playing great — I feel like we've underachieved a little bit. But me being back with the people that love me so much and the fan base there has been great. "Obviously I would look at that (going into the front office) if that opportunity came about. That's like my home away from home. They really adopted me there. Of course, (Denver) is always going to be my home. But Detroit is like my second home. So any opportunity that arose, I would obviously look at." Denver Post

February 26, 2014 Updates

Imagine pulling up to a Wendy’s drive-thru and giving your order to “Mr. Big Shot.” That’s possible if you go to one of 30 St. Louis area Wendy’s owned by Pistons guard Chauncey Billups and former NBA player Junior Bridgeman. Bridgeman, whose net worth of $240 million exceeds that of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, has had a profound influence on Billups. Not so much on the court as off it. “I was in my prime, but I started thinking about what am I going to do (after basketball),” said Billups, who entered this season with hopes of being an everyday starter before “Father Time” started catching up. (He has played in 18 of 41 games, averaging 3.9 points and 2.2 assists.) Detroit News

Billups began thinking about life after basketball when he was 31. He earned his business degree from Colorado, and met Bridgeman during a charity basketball game in Denver. The two talked shop and formed a friendship. Now, Billups has something to fall back on. “I don’t put my name on anything I don’t know about,” Billups said. “I want to be able to go through all my stores and see what is out of place. What is going wrong? I want to know how they prepare sandwiches and walk around and make sure everybody is having a good experience. “That is what I am learning how to do and I am going to do it better every time I go there.” Detroit News

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

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

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