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Tyson Chandler signing official, Chauncey Billups gets the amnesty boot

Dec 10, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

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Thanks for coming, Chauncey.

After being traded for Denver in a deal he didn’t want (Billups is from Denver and was happy there), as a sidekick to Carmelo Anthony, and then having his option exercised to pay him $16 million, the New York Knicks exercised their amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups Saturday.

The move means that Billups will enter the “Amnesty auction” in which teams under the cap (and only under the cap) can bid for Billlups’ services by offering to pay part or all of his remaining salary. The $16 million is removed from New York’s cap, and any bidder who puts in a qualifying offer would have that bid on their cap.

The move was made to make room for the signing of Tyson Chandler, acquired in a sign-and-trade with Dallas. The Knicks also traded Ronny Turiaf to the Wizards for Andy Rautins and a second-round pick.

Billups’ agent told Yahoo! Sports earlier in the week that if he is amnestied “buyer beware” if it’s a team he doesn’t want to go to, essentially daring a non-contender to sign him. There have been rumors that were he to go through the amnesty auction process with no one putting in an offer, he could sign with the Heat.

Yeah, I’ll let that one sink in a while.

Billups is available for bid until Friday.

  1. Ezzio - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    How long is the amnesty auction process ??? would love to see him in a Heat uniform!!

  2. garryfish - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Rautins was on the Knicks going to Dallas. Did the Knicks get a 2nd round pick for Turiaf?

    • themanchine - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      It was sent to Dallas.

  3. cantonbound13 - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    As a Knick fan, I am sorry to see Chauncey go. He was a true professional but unfortunately the Knicks needed more size up front. I think he goes back to Denver where is family would be happy.

    • themanchine - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:07 PM

      Agreed, as a 2 next to Lawson and a vet on that young team he’d be a perfect fit.

  4. dysraw1 - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Tyson is going to make a world of cultural change, for 2 seasons ive been begging this team to get bigger finally with Chandler in the house we can compete for real. any point man who cant get 10 dimes per with stat & melo isnt worthy to be called a lead guard

  5. willardj - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    As a Sixers fan I am loving this move. Chauncey is a winner and has beaten the Sixers almost every time he’s played us. I am glad he’s gone. Even if it means they get Tyson Chandler.

    • damnyankee13 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      we’re gonna beatcha anyway

  6. rodge1 - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Love the move as a Knick-fan-hater. Tyson is a beast but is often injured. Chauncey was a pain to defend and a clutch player. Thanks for all your help Isiah…

  7. lawrinson20 - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Sucks to be traded in consecutive years.

    It also sucks to have to hear players whine about being paid 16 million dollars to play basketball while being worshipped by throngs of fans 82 times a year. And, being able to score nookie above your natural ‘level.’

  8. 973yenots - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Come join a winning team Chauncey cause the Knicks,Bulls and those elderly guys in Boston gonna need all the help they can get!!! GO HEAT !!!

  9. cowhawkfan - Dec 10, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Any chance Dallas gets Billups? I realize they can’t post a bid for him, but they could get a team that is eligible to do the bidding for them in a prearranged trade. Seems like a good fit to me?

    • cowhawkfan - Dec 10, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      Of course, I’m assuming Dallas doesn’t get Howard, which is their preference.

  10. progress2011 - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Chauncy in the back court with Wade PLUS Bron Bron and Bosh….let that marinade !!!

    Then smell the ” RINGS ” ….PLURAL !!!

    • sky561 - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM

      And Eddy. Don’t forget Eddy.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:05 PM

      Don’t have enough firepower already? Need to give leb even more help? Here’s an idea-ditch leb for a couple guys who know basketball games have 4 quarters.

  11. dirtybird2020 - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Keep dreamin nuthuggers, sound like you guy are trying to get all the help you can get, arent you bums over salary cap after chalmers, curry, and now battie not to mention that bum miller who you idiots over paid for! Lets not forget jones, dan gilbert would let him rot or retire before you bums get him haha, looks like another nail in that coffin! Oh and who is eddie curry last i knew he didnt play for anyone and showed up 75 lbs overweight haha! Loving it, charity cases! Screw miami and their bandwagon fans! I get off at night watching you twinks blow lebron! Haha, he blows his load on you guys and disappears, just like the finals! Haha

  12. tastybasslines - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Why hasn’t Commissioner Stern blocked this deal yet? After all, it is a marquee player going to a big market team…

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