Billups Reunite with PistonsJuly 13, 2013
CHICAGO — Chauncey Ray Billups is returning to the team where he won his first and only NBA title, the Detroit Pistons, agreeing to a two-year deal worth $5 million, reports the Detroit Free Press.
The 36-year old Billups, the steady hands that handled point guard duties for the decorated Pistons who made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2004 and 2005, was picked third overall in by the Boston Celtics in the 1997 NBA draft.
Billups’ career took off playing alongside Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and head coach Larry Brown. He was named Finals MVP in that 2004 romp over the L.A. Lakers, but was traded to the Denver Nuggets in the 2008-09 season. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Billups also had stints with the Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves and the New York Knicks before landing with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he averaged 11.7 points and 3.1 assists per outing.
A five-time All-Star, Billups’ tenure with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin with the Clippers was plagued with injuries, including a season-ending torn Achilles tendon in 2012.
Joe Dumars, the longtime Pistons general manager, brought Billups back with a mandate to nurture the young and talented core of the Pistons, specifically 21-year old point guard Brandon Knight, who has showed flashes of brilliance last season with averages of 13.3 points and 3.9 assists a game.
With Billups on board and Maurice Cheeks handling the coaching reins, the Pistons hope to advance to the playoffs, a stage they haven’t reached the past for seasons. (JAM) http://philboxing.com/