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Billups not happy he could be moved by whims of a superstar. Again.

Dec 3, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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Chauncey Billups is not chopped liver. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, an NBA Champion and finals MVP. He’s a rock in the locker room, someone highly respected by other players around the league. He’s a damn good point guard.

And last year he was moved on the whims of a superstar, yanked out of his home town of Denver and dropped in New York City.

Now, because another superstar — one who happens to play point guard, just like Billups — wants to come to New York there is all kind of rumors about Billups getting shipped out again. And he told the New York Times he doesn’t like it.

“It wouldn’t make me happy,” Billups said Friday in a phone interview from his Denver home. “Because for me, at this juncture in my career, I just want to win….”

“I want to win another championship,” he said. “I think we got some good pieces in New York. I felt like we were making that move to be possibly one of those top teams. I don’t want to play for no team that’s rebuilding.”

Billups is in the last year of a deal that will pay him $14.2 million, which makes him the anchor of all large Knicks reported trades. Including one to the rebuilding (and ownerless) New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul.

That trade is not going to happen. But the Knicks want a third star and they are going to be shopping around hard for that player or assets to get that player, and Billups with his expiring deal will get mentioned in all of them. He’s a veteran, he knows how to handle the rumors and the change.

But the guy is not chopped liver — the Knicks can do well with him. He just seems to deserve a little better.

  1. urodaddy07 - Dec 3, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    It’s business Chauncey. You knew how it was. It’s not pretty, but it is what it is.

    • darealrandolph - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      we need cp3 in a New York knicks uniform sorry Chauncey .
      business is business
      lets go new york knicks

  2. Kansachusetts - Dec 3, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    We’ll take him in Boston, and keep Rondo too.

  3. westwoodwarrior8 - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    u did win chauncey, in detroit. its cp3’s turn now, lets go knicks!

    • darealrandolph - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:20 PM

      agree we need cp3 asap
      lets go knicks

    • darealrandolph - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:20 PM

      agree we need cp3 asap

  4. seattlesuperchronic - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Spoiled Knick fans, all of you. The Heat are always going to be better. LeBron has eaten new York alive since he was drafted.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      Yeah, but still no rings for a punk that calls himself the “King”. He tried to team up with 2 of the top 10 players in the league & still didn’t win a title. He is truely “The Chokin’ One”!

  5. jonrambo - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Sorry Chauncey, you have been a solid player, but you are a geezer and getting paid a lot so at this stage in your career you are not going to be making the decisions. Just hope you don’t end up in minny or sac and you’ll be fine.

  6. norcal031 - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    He would be great in la or mia.

  7. tubal22 - Dec 4, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Players made their bed with this deal. Now they gotta sleep in it.

  8. lphboston - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Back in the 1980s David Stern and the NBA made a decision to market the game around stars, in essece making the entire regular season entertainment rather than pure competition. That’s great if you’re a star like Chris Paul but not so great if you’re a good player on the back nine, like Billups. I don’t recall Billups ever criticizing a system that has made him rich, until now anyway.

    So Paul wants to go to the Knicks, and Billups realizes he makes a lot of money and plays the same position. Not hard to read the hand-writing on the wall. Billups’s opinions carry some weight in the league, and during the lockout he could have had his say on the issue of player movement. He didn’t, and now he will have to deal with the consequences.

    I hear the shrimp is great in New Orleans.

  9. cantonbound13 - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    The Knicks & Paul will wait till free agency in 2012. Chauncy will last the year with the Knicks & be a big part of their solid season. Then Chauncy can resign with the Knicks for a back up/ 6th man role & everyone will be happy.

  10. velascochad - Dec 4, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    at cantonbound13 just want to correct you. Chris Bosh is not one of the top 10 players in the nba today. Lamar Odom is way better than him. he’s just a superstar wannabe. i think he should quit basketball and rap with his twin gangster snoop dog

  11. Josh Perez - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    You can get CP3, Howard and Caron Butler to complete your dream team in NYK. But nothing is going to work until you change that lame D’Anthony system. Really, Billups, Anthony, Stoudemire should have been enough to look way better.

  12. nateboomer - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    First Iverson then Carmelo and now Chandler. Chauncey has been moved for each of them. And if you throw in being split from KG when he was with Minny; man how much is this guy supposed to take? Sometimes you have to put your foot down no matter what the consequences might lead to. Why not? Every team he’s been with has put their foot down on him.

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