Report: Detroit Pistons Re-Sign Chauncey Billups For $60 Million, Getting Guard On The Cheap
The Pistons have apparently inked Billups to a new five-year, 60 million dollar contract … Mr. Big Shot is the heart-and-soul of the Detroit franchise and an elite point guard … Did Detroit get a deal on Billups? … Click here for news and analysis …
The Associated Press reports that the Detroit Pistons have re-signed Chauncey Billups:
The person, who requested anonymity because of league rules preventing contract announcements before July 11, said the final season is a team option, making the deal worth $46 million guaranteed over four years.
Billups had become an unrestricted free agent last month after opting out of the last year of a six-year contract.
The Pistons made it clear last season and after they were eliminated from the conference finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers that their top priority was re-signing Billups.
The 6-foot-3, 202-pound All-Star said he would prefer to stay with Detroit and expected to be back if the team could match any other team’s best offer.
Billups had become an unrestricted free agent last month after opting out of the last year of a six-year contract. The point guard was one of the NBA’s top free agents, leaving Rashard Lewis as the marquee player still available.
Billups, 30, who played with the Celtics, Denver, Orlando and Minnesota in his first four seasons, was named the NBA finals MVP in 2004 when Detroit won the championship and was an All-Star in each of the next two seasons.
He averaged 17 points and 7.2 assists per game in 70 games last season and has averaged 14.5 points and 5.3 assists over his nine-year career. But Billups struggled in the playoffs each of the past two seasons, and averaged 15.3 points, 3.5 assists and 3.8 turnovers in the Eastern finals against the Cavs.
Billups and Richard Hamilton form one of the NBA’s top backcourts, but the rest of the Pistons’ guard corps is in flux. Guard Carlos Delfino was traded to Toronto, and veterans Lindsey Hunter and Flip Murray may be expendable after three guards — Rodney Stuckey, Arron Afflalo and Sam Mejia — were taken in last week’s draft.
My Quick Take: I’m not surprised ‘Mr. Big Shot’ will eventually end up with Motown. I couldn’t see leaving an Eastern power like
Billups is the heart-and-soul of the Piston franchise. Fans love him. Teammates love him. The coaching staff loves him. The front office loves him. Most importantly, William Davidson, the team owner and cheque-writer, loves him.
And Billups loves
Collateral Damage: . The Pistons have ten players signed for next season at a total cost of 62 million dollars. They still have to round out their bench and sign their two first round draft picks.
Mohammed, last year’s big-name free agent signing, doesn’t fit with
Click here to read and subscribe to Oly Sandor’s NBA Blog.