When Chauncey Billups was healthy, he was still playing good basketball for the Los Angeles Clippers. As the starting shooting guard, he averaged 15 ppg, shooting 38% from downtown through 20 games. He was also able to get to the free throw line more than 5 times a game. Unfortunately, he just hasn’t been the same after tearing his Achilles.
He is now a free agent, and there have been rumors that he could return to the Clippers as the backup point guard if Eric Bledsoe is traded to another team. It seems like a big risk to invest in a player like Billups, his age and his recent injuries play such a critical role.
Billups wasn’t much of a force during the playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies. The 5 time NBA all-star and Finals MVP was a defensive liability against the Grizzlies, and he was also a non factor on offense. It’s hard to say how much of his play this year was based off rust.
If Billups is content with playing a minor role like Grant Hill, he could choose to stay on as an end of the rotation player on a minimum salary. But that seems unlikely, because many other teams such as the Miami Heat will be interested in his services as a veteran bench player. Wherever Mr.Big Shot ends up, he is a great NBA player and the Clippers were lucky to have him for these last two seasons.