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Chauncey Billups out and out threatens any team thinking of claiming him off amnesty waivers

Dec 10, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups AP

Here’s the thing. Everybody’s got their limit. Everybody’s got the edge of where their professionalism meets its end in the face of personal feelings. Chauncey Billups has reached his.

After being amnestied by the New York Knicks as part of their effort to bring Tyson Chandler to the Big Apple, after Billups was never comfortable with leaving Denver in the first place, and after being given a $16 million option exercised by the New York only to be put on the wire, Billups has had it. He’s faced with the prospect of playing potentially his last season for a lottery team with a need at point guard. Billups wants to contend. And he’s going to let everyone know about it. His agent spread word last week that if amnestied, it would be “buyer beware.” Those are tame words compared to what he told Yahoo Sports:

For teams considering claim on Chauncey Billups, he tells Y!: “A leader can be as disruptive as he can be productive..This is about me now.”Sat Dec 10 20:08:11 via web


Billups: “People take my kindness and professionalism for weakness. They think I’ll be OK with (getting claimed). I won’t be OK with this.”Sat Dec 10 20:11:16 via web


Billups wants freedom to choose team. Warns those who’d claim him: You’ll regret it. “I’m tired of being the glue guy.” Sat Dec 10 20:13:37 via web


Billups wants to play for a contender. That’s predictable, understandable, even. But technically he’s still under contract. He’s got one more year left. This isn’t all that different than being traded. Making a fuss about it publicly comes off poorly. Just make sure your agent lets every team know his position. Doing it in public is just going to make owners go crazy on their “you don’t get to decide” kick.

Thing is, Billups is up there in age and has limited value. He was a bad fit in New York. He needs to play with players that can hide his weaknesses. Miami is a perfect fit and a rumored preferred spot for him. Are the Kings going to take a swing at him with their back court? Why would Minnesota want to bring him in with Rubio in place? Lottery teams don’t need Billups, contenders do. The odds are that he’ll wind up passing through the amnesty auction and get to sign.

But it’s sad to see such a great leader and respected veteran go off like this.

  1. kylemoss - Dec 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Come to the bulls, if you want to contend and not go to a dweller. Be okay with a backup role buddy.

  2. tastybasslines - Dec 10, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Oh yeah…the new CBA really changed alot…

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Alonzo Mourning 2.0

    See you down here soon Chauncey.

  4. ivedoneyourwife - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    It sure would nice to see his talents in South Beach!

  5. jucam1 - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Hey scum bag, how about you remember that you are a multi-millionare because of this game?… I hope the teams combine and not offer you s$@t!….

    • trueballs - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM

      Chauncey’s entitled to say this. He has been a good player and leader for every team, he’s been an all-star, a Finals MVP. He should have the right, for once, to decide where he wants to finish his career.

      • sky561 - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

        I agree, he’s been tossed around way too much.

      • jdillydawg - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:45 PM

        He’s entitled to say anything, I suppose. He doesn’t have the right to choose where he wants to play. You’re actually saying he could call up the Heat or the Lakers and demand a job?

        That’s ridiculous and about as likely every Occupy protester who demands a job getting one.

        The comment about being disruptive over productive just shows you that this guy isn’t a leader at all. He wants his championship handed to him on a silver platter now because he thinks he worked hard during his career. If I had a team I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole, and am pretty sure no team has a locker room that could fit his big fat ego-inflated head.

  6. thenmoveback - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Gonna look good in that red black and white. Heat!

  7. dysraw1 - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    screw the owners crybabys look at what this man has been thru. im glad we got Tyson. but i feel for cb4

    • metalhead65 - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      the man has been paid plenty to go thru whatever it is he has gone thru. just because he is a nice guy does not mean he can change the rules and get his way. he does not like it then retire,otherwise shutup and play ball and collect the millions you make doing it.

      • kinggw - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:59 PM

        He’s not changing the rules, he’s circumventing them. Its not like he’s refusing to report to a team after he’s been traded. He is just letting certain teams know it would be a waste of their time to claim him. Its not a lot different from Chris Paul telling the brass of the Warriors and Clippers that even if he was traded there he wont sign an extension. I believe if claimed Billups would be a professional and report. I think he would just make it unpleasant for the team that claims him and they probably would end up releasing him anyway. Why not skip all that and just let the man become a FA?

  8. Nadeem - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    billups,u have a choice. ask the league to void your contract and then play anywhere. if u do wanna make 14 mill then just shut the hell up.

    • 6thsense79 - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:28 AM

      Really Nadeem? All a player has to do is ask the league to void his contract and their free to go to any team? What kind of league does that? I know a bunch of players unhappy with their contracts can they too just ask the league to void their contract?

  9. goforthanddie - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    “The odds are that he’ll wind up passing through the amnesty auction and get to sign.”

    You honestly think no owner is smart enough to spend a mil and keep him out of Miami? I’d do it in a heartbeat and tell Chauncey he need not report.

    • ghelton03 - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:18 AM

      Odds are, some loser owner is going to pick him up to show that players aren’t in control, ownrs are. Unfortunately Billups will already be with a loser owner and there really isn’t anything he can do to make that owners situation worse. He can only destroy his reputation.

      • goforthanddie - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:37 AM

        So you think it’s wrong to keep him from Miami?
        It’s a very smart move, owner ego or not. NY has to pay whatever the winning team doesn’t; Billups for a year @ 2mil or so sounds real good. And if he decides to be a dick about it, well, at least he isn’t in Miami.

  10. silverbuffalo - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    I’m on his side – years of being pushed around eats at everyone

    • jdillydawg - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:47 PM

      Then he should have got a better agent. I don’t know his full story, but I’m guessing he isn’t quite the victim he’s making himself out to be.

  11. agenteddie6 - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    This is probably his way of dissuading teams from claiming him just to keep him away from the Heat.

  12. acieu - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:26 PM


  13. dirtybird2020 - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Nothing looks good in a miami jersey, not even that fat eddie curry! Well atleast they will have a one team leader on that roster! But he will be bid on anyways to keep him from miami( dan gilbert) , bulls, lakers, dallas, clippers all have money and are contenders even okc, miami is beginning to be a charity case cause they over paid a bunch of bums! Idiots haha

    • agenteddie6 - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:59 PM

      Only teams that are under the cap can bid on amnestied players.

  14. drewsylvania - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    He finally fell victim to the mememe culture of the NBA.

  15. cside2605 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    To be fair, he should either play for the highest bidder or retire …. NY still has to pay him , wish we all could get paid for not working. It does make sense for a contender to want CB’s abilities, and their should be a contender which is under the salary cap make a bid,… why not? You’d be getting great talent at a better than normal price. AND …. you would be stopping your competition , like MIAMI, from gaining an unrighteous steal.
    If no team bids in the first amnesty “auction” … then there should be another “auction” including all teams…. where the winner might pay more than the minimum by going into luxury tax or trading other players to create cap space. My bottom line would be that there should be no way a player could become (especially through rants and agent threats) a free agent then jump on a “band wagon” for a minimum salary.
    One question I have,… would NY be responsible for the entire amount if the player (not that I think CB is interested) signed to play in a foreign league?

  16. cubalakeshow - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Okay all you people that are harping b/c he is making so much money need to calm down. You need to realize money isn’t everything there are factors to consider OUTSIDE of basketball that affect when a player gets traded and that is difficult. I can’t imagine any of you being happy to have to relocate b/c of your job WHILE MAKING THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY b/c they want some other guy. Regardless of millions or not if you have to relocate you have to relocate and that’s a shitty situation for you, family, and friends and he thought he was going to be helping a team contend for a championship in a situation he likes. Just because you make millions does not mean you are suddenly void of feelings. The fact that he would rather retire lets you know he doesn’t care about the money. He’s a great player and I hope he lands somewhere good.

    • jdillydawg - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      Yeah, and millions of people who get fired every year, or transferred, or assigned duties in their jobs they don’t like, we should all look out for them too and make sure that doesn’t happen anymore.

      Doesn’t matter if he’s making a zillion dollars shooting hoops or minimum wage working at Wal Mart, he’s an employee and sometimes employees just have to suck it up or quit.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:36 PM

      While your point is very understandable the fact is that’s the line of work he chose to go into. Military people get moved all around the world. Salesman are always on the road etc…. These guys know what can happen when they become pro athletes. If he no longer enjoys this part he can always retire.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:47 PM

      It’s one short season, he doesn’t have to relocate.

  17. timunga - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Bring him home Nuggets.

  18. uscfan1988 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    To the one poster toward the bottom. Dwayne Wade isn’t a leader? tahts pretty dumb.

  19. ghelton03 - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    So, I am thinking how Chauncey would like this to play out, is that by saying he is going to be a pain in the side of any under cap team that bids on him (which equates to a losing team), all those teams will not make an offer and then he will be eligible to go to a team over the cap (which equates to a team that has any chance of winning a title). So, it will be interesting to see if an under cap team bids on him, to show him who is in charge, or if they respect a long-time and respected veterans wish to go to a winning team. My bet is, some loser owner chooses to f with him, because they can.

  20. eshine76 - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    I’m with CB. he’s been through a lot these last few months. Besides, why can’t he call his shot? No one else seems to have a problem doing so. That’s the reason he ended up on this situation in the first place. Good luck CB

  21. johnnygsnake - Dec 11, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    I would like to see him play for Miami he would fit perfect in south beach !!!

  22. iplaybad - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    I thought that since his contract was amnestied and he was waived, the claiming team has to pay the full value of his contract. If he’s a free agent then he can sign for whatever amount he and the team negotiates.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:14 AM

      The bidding team can take on just the portion of his contract they bid on. If they bid $1 million then they pay $1 million and the Magic pay the rest of his contract (it just doesn’t count against their books). IF nobody bids on him he is a free agent.

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