Saturday , Jul , 07 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Billups to stay in Detroit

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups
reportedly agreed to a five-year, $60.5 million contract, with the fifth year
a team option, on Friday.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the deal, which is the most lucrative for
any Piston, cannot be made official until Wednesday when free agents can sign
new deals.

Billups had opted out of his contract on June 25, making himself one of the
top unrestricted free agents on the open market. He was in the final
year of his six-year deal and was slated to make over $6 million in 2007-08.

Billups joined a free agent class that was short on standout point
guards, meaning that he was in line for a big payday.

Originally the third overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft by Boston,
Billups has averaged 14.5 points and 5.3 assists with the Celtics, Toronto
Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons.

He has found a home over the last five seasons in Detroit, guiding a Pistons
team that has turned into perennial playoff contenders and won it all in