The Clippers used their remaining $3.5 million in salary cap room to claim Billups. The 35-year-old point guard was waived by the New York Knicks last weekend.
“We’ve tried eight, 10 times over the years to try and trade for Chauncey. It’s never worked out before,” Olshey said. “This is another great addition to our roster. He’s going to be a great fit with our guys.”
Billups averaged 16.8 points, 5.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 72 games with Denver and the Knicks last season. He was traded to New York in February. He helped lead Detroit to the NBA championship in 2004, when he was MVP of the finals.
Olshey said the decision to acquire Billups was independent of the team rejecting the Hornets’ offer.
“This is not a precursor to another move. This is not laying the groundwork for another opportunity,” he said.
I hope Chauncey stays true to his word and refuses to join the Clippers. I’d hate to see him waste his best remaining year at the tail end of his career on a lousy team like the Clippers. A borderline playoff team.
Let Chauncey go free and play for a Title Contender.