Apr 25, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chauncey Billups (1) drives to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Will Chauncey Billups stay with the Clippers?

May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chauncey Billups (1) shoots a free throw in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • Clippersfan4471

    I would love to see Chauncey back in a Clips uniform next season……BUT, only playing as a back up guard on a Vet Minimum wage. I hope he likes the idea of (potentially) winning another ring with his buddy CP3 and shows the same faith that the Clippers showed him in 2 seasons ago. He would be a great asset but does his ego outweigh his ability at the moment?? Hope he comes back to being a great player next season but really hope it’s with us.