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Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

Dec 12, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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Well, so much for the whole Chris Paul thing.

The Clippers put in the high bid among multiple teams to claim Chauncey Billups off waivers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

Now the real question — will Billups retire or will he play for the Clippers?

Billups has threatened retirement if he didn’t get sent to a team he wanted to play for, he wanted to be a free agent Wojnarowski says was leaning towards the Lakers or the Heat, two contenders who need point guards. But a lot of players — including CP3 — have expressed interest in the Clippers thanks to Blake Griffin. Is that and Los Angeles attractive enough to Billups, or would he retire?

Another question: Do the Clippers really need him? They already have two good point guards on the roster in Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe.

Billups was on the waiver wire because the Knicks used their amnesty on him to clear the way for signing Tyson Chandler. Under the terms of the new CBA, teams under the salary cap could bid on the rights to that player for a portion of the season (the bid would be the price that team would pay of the salary, the Knicks pick up the rest).

The Clippers did not get Billups as a trade chip — players grabbed off amnesty cannot be traded until July 1 next year (when Billups would be a free agent anyway). They want him for the season.

The Clippers were able to bid because they were under the salary cap… at least until they would have matched the bid the Warriors put in on DeAndre Jordan. Which L.A. had not yet done. The Clippers had up to $3.5 million to bid.

  1. king7key - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    How long before billups act a fool don’t worry I’ll wait. Way to go Clippers. My money says he never suit up. Let me know how this works out for your young impressionable team!!!!

  2. king7key - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    I guess Clippers said his name is Mr. Big Shot…not Mr. Call The Shots

  3. nateboomer - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Yeah right. They’re really going to put Billups experience and knowledge to good use. Like including him in a package to get Chris Paul. That’s a cellophane move and Chauncey can see through that!

    • bigxrob - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:13 PM

      Try reading the story before you comment. It will make you sound less dumb.

    • drakost - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

      You were obviously too ignorant to actually read the article so here is the sentence directly from the article you are foolishly ignorantly commenting and on:

      The Clippers did not get Billups as a trade chip — players grabbed off amnesty cannot be traded until July 1 next year (when Billups would be a free agent anyway).

  4. goforthanddie - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Be a man and retire Chauncey, throw away 14mil because you’re a badass.

  5. nateboomer - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Just read the Clippers can’t trade Chauncey. So basically they either thought that 1. Billups was bluffing or lying when he threatened to retire or 2. They’re thinking ain’t’ no way he’s going to leave 14 million dollars on the table or both.

    • Michael De Los Santos - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      Or maybe they are going to give in to the league demands and include eric gordon in the CP3 deal and want Billups and CP3 to start together.

  6. progress2011 - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Are my eyes deceiving me !!! Did this writer just mention Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe in the same breath as Chauncey !!!

    This writer is either a friggin ” mo-run ” or has no clue about basketball, atheletes, winners vs losers etc. etc. etc.

  7. 973yenots - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    No doubt that the clippers might make the playoffs, but dont bet the farm on them winning it all anytime soon. you wanna play for a contender ( not them! )

  8. brooklynbulls - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    The Clips will never win it all unless Sterling sells the team. No matter how many good pieces he collects he will always find a way to screw it up….the most toxic owner in sports period. Good luck Chaunce

  9. trbowman - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    I used to dominate with Billups in the three point contest in NBA Courtside.

  10. cluelessdufus - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    it maybe be a thing to get chris paul but considering if not it wont hurt the clippers to keep blake griffin happy

  11. damnyankee13 - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    I wish Billups the best of luck, whichever road he decides to ‘run’ on.
    Maybe the clippers arent done yet putting a team together

  12. mogogo1 - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Billups can still play and he’s always been a good guy. He’s just having a tough time adjusting to the reality that this is how aging players get treated–they get moved around a lot because everybody is thinking a couple years ahead and you never know if the older guys will still be a viable option by then. I can think of worse things to be doing than throwing lobs to Blake Griffin.

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