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Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:14 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 9:04 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

Chauncey Billups made it pretty clear that he only wanted to play for a contending team and not for some young group in a rebuilding mode.

Well, the Clippers must think pretty highly of themselves right now.

The league announced Monday that Billups was claimed off waivers by the Clippers after the Knicks used their amnesty clause on him last week. Billups said shortly after the Knicks used the amnesty on him that he would consider retirement if he was claimed by an unfavorable team.

"If I get claimed by team I dont want to play for, I would absolutely consider retirment," he said.

And not just that, but Billups and his agent actually threatened retirement even if a team claimed him period, as he wanted to be a free agent and have his say where he goes. I guess the Clips really feel like Blake Griffin has changed everyone's opinion about them or something.

Of note: Billups doesn't get any of the $14.2 million he was owed this season by the Knicks if he retires. I'm kind of thinking he's not going to retire.

With all this Chris Paul drama, it's of note: Billups can't be traded until July 1. The Clippers could buy him out though, which made become a real possibility if he doesn't respond well to this.

The Clippers already have Mo Williams playing point and youngster Eric Bledsoe behind him, so it's a little unclear where they could use him. Some thought the Clips would have to amnesty a player in order to get under the cap, but that's inaccurate. They were $3.5 million under the cap and used that space to put in a bid, as DeAndre Jordan's cap hold was only $1.1 million.

There's a decent case to be made that the Clips could be a playoff team. Contender? No way, but they could push for the postseason. Match on Jordan and you've got a starting five of Billups, Eric Gordon, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin and Jordan. With Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes, Bledsoe, Aminu and Kaman off the bench. That's not a bad team at all. Really, Billups would be a little bit crazy to be that upset about this.

All be told though, it's a bit of a curious move by the Clips. A lot of teams were lining up to take a stab at Billups as a free agent -- the Mavs, Heat, Magic, Nets -- but instead, it's the Clippers, a team that doesn't really need him, not to mention the fact Billups might be a bit disgruntled when he shows up. I suppose the Clips could just hand the starting duties to Billups and sit Williams and drop Bledsoe to a third point guard backup role. I don't think that's necessarily an upgrade, but that's probably where they're at.

They want a veteran, proven winner to take the reins of the team and try and inject the talented group with a steady leading presence. It could work. It could be a nice fit and is probably an upgrade from Williams. But it's still a little odd.

It also means the Clippers are very likely out of the Chris Paul derby. This appears to be sort of their backup plan to getting the best point guard in basketball. Go get the 14th best one. Potentially it makes Williams (or Bledsoe) that much more expendable. And in that case, this deal was an extremely wise one.

I have an idea though if that falls through: Chauncey should get Al-Farouq Aminu to give him No. 3. CB3. Close enough?
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

Great strategic move to claim him for only $2 MM cost to the Clips. Why let him go to Miami or another top team for only a few million. This would just make the rich teams more rich with talent? If I was any other team with that was below the cap, I would claim him as part of the game plan for the small amount it would take just to keep him from the Heat. Chauncey still gets all of his money and if he has a abad attitude, sit him or ask him not to come to games and practices.  

I agree 100 percent man.  I'm all for small market teams having a chance to win in the NBA, I've complained for years the NBA is ridiculous because only 5 or 6 teams have a chance to win a championship.  But you can't blame big market teams for stacking their rosters if the rest of the teams out there aren't grabbing a guy like Billups for 2 million bucks which is peanuts in this league.  It would have been a tragedy to let a team like Miami or the Lakers or any other contender grab Billups..... stupid actually. 



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

I'm really struggling to understand this move by the clippers, I really want to understand... Chauncey is a great, but defiitely feeling the age and a point guard wasnt really needed... I'm not sure who I'm more confused by Dodger signings or Clippers...



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

I know that the Clippers aren't a "championship-calibur" team but they're are a sure "playoff-team" with the recent addition of Butler, to go along with Gordon,Bledsoe,Kaman,and Griffin. Maybe with his leadership as well as his "championship savy" Billups can help the Clippers go along way in the playoffs.



Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

Great strategic move to claim him for only $2 MM cost to the Clips. Why let him go to Miami or another top team for only a few million. This would just make the rich teams more rich with talent? If I was any other team with that was below the cap, I would claim him as part of the game plan for the small amount it would take just to keep him from the Heat. Chauncey still gets all of his money and if he has a abad attitude, sit him or ask him not to come to games and practices.  



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

It is interesting to me how important these little deals come into play in winning a championship. Mavs won last year because of Berea and Terry makeing those threes in the final 3 games. Billups is getting kind of long in the tooth to be much help, plus he is used to being the star. You con't blame a player for wanting to extend his career, but sometimes these GM's let the past cloud their judgement.


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Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:20 pm
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Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:42 am
 

Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

Who thinks Chauncey can actually still contribute? It makes sense if a bunch of teams have already traded him that they don't think so. Los Angeles is taking a huge leap of faith in this guy who has been on the decline. His years of production are behind him. Better idea move to dallas and trade a few players and a baseball bat to pick up Deron Williams.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:24 am
 

Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

Billups will never comman 14 million again in his career and 14 million is alot to give up to not want to play when its only 66 games in only 4 months, he could fake an injury and sit half the season and still get paid. Would be a bad move for him to retire, id love to see chauncy step up and actually contribute to the clippers, how fun would it be to see billups throwing 3 alley oops a night to griffin and 2 a night to DeAndre Jordan, it would be a sight to see. I know hes pissed he has been traded a bunch and feels like chop liver but after this season he gets to choose his destiny and hes got 14 million to soften the blow.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:42 am
 

Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

Rondo might be coming to the Clips. Eric Gordon and buy out Chauncy's contract to pair Rondo with Griffin? Good move. Or, even better, move the Wolves' pick and either Bledsoe/Mo Williams for Rondo. Celts want him gone for some crazy reason, and Ainge likes Billups' game. This is pure speculation, but I think it's highly likely you see Rondo out of Boston soon. They just keep meessing with him.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:00 am
 

Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

This will be interesting to see whether Billups travel from the EastCoast(Home) to the WestCoast(for $14mil)? I think he goes to the Clip for that $14mil or part of it and Retiire but if he is completely prepared for Retirement Now, as emotional as he is right now he will call it quits. Chauncey you Do What You Want For You.....


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