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Plenty of teams want in the Chauncey Billups sweepstakes

Dec 12, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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All the cool kids want Chauncey Billups on their team.

Dwight Howard — who has already complained the Magic don’t listen to his player advice — wants him, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.

One of “changes” Dwight Howard wants is signing of Chauncey. If DH12 stays, sources say he’ll urge Billups to spurn Heat and “anchor” Magic

Chris Bosh wants him on the Heat and had this to say about getting Billups, via Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

“Any player with his type of talent, leadership, his capability on the court, he’s Mr. Big Shot, and he has that name for a reason. And I think he fits here.”

But neither the Heat nor the Magic may get a shot at him. Until 6 p.m. Eastern he is on secondary waivers — under the terns of the new labor deal, players waived by amnesty can be bid on by teams under the salary cap. A team under the cap could bid $1 million and get the rights to Billups (the Knicks would still have to pay the remainder of his $14 million).

And the Nets may put in a bid, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

Near the deadline on amnesty waiver wire, Nets are still “debating” putting in a claim for Chauncey Billups, league sources tell Y!

Billups has threatened to retire if a team he doesn’t want to play for claims him… such as a team with Deron Williams already at the point guard like the Nets. The reason the Nets put in a bid is to keep him away from the Magic — they want to trade for Dwight Howard, they don’t want him to suddenly start to be happy in Orlando.

Also out there, Billups home town Denver Nuggets.

Heat fans seem to think they have him, and they might, but we are a long way from that.

  1. felser - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    I hope one of the have-not’s bids and forces his hand.

  2. brooklynbulls - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Come on Denver, pick up your boy. Dont let him take his talents to south beach

  3. teke184 - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    I figure the Hornets will bid on him just because Stern doesn’t want Billups dictating his landing spot.

    It’s easy for him to do that considering that he has two of his cronies handling Hornets negotiations instead of Dell Demps.

  4. zidanevalor - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Since Billups life isn’t uncertain enough yet, can the team that claims him off amnesty waivers then trade him away?

    • cside2605 - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      good question!

  5. cosmicatomic - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    You think Dan Gilbert is going to let Billups go unclaimed so he’s free to take his talents to South Beach?

    Pick him up, Dan!

  6. Nadeem - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    What is the min bid required? Please somebody bid a dollar!

  7. goforthanddie - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Enjoy retirement Chauncey. Let us know how it feels leaving 14mil on the table.

  8. johnnygsnake - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Not 1 not 2 not 3 not 4 bring your talent to south beach if you want a champion ship ring I stand behind Lebrun words !!!

  9. 973yenots - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Why the hell would he go to the magic! Dwight don’t know what he wants! Billups, I would like to think you’re smarter than that

  10. wlubake - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Why wouldn’t you put in a claim, if only to try and trade him to Miami for some consideration? Get a draft pick, trade exception, or a freaking bag of balls in return. He won’t retire if you tell him you will trade him to his team of choice for the best consideration you can get.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      Yeah, because the other 29 owners are so eager to hand Miami even more talent. Pinhead.

      • thestudiokida - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM

        Yeah, because Denver didn’t just trade Carmelo to NY. Because New Orleans didn’t just try to hand Chris Paul to the Lakers.

        This happens all the time. If I thought it was possible I’d pick up Billups on the cheap and use him as a trade chip.

      • goforthanddie - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:26 AM

        @thestudiokida: Apples and oranges. NY sucked, LA was giving up a starter and the reigning 6th Man, and if Denver/NO don’t make trades, they lose a star for no return. And yes, sign/trade him if you’re getting value-“a freaking bag of balls in return” is hardly fair.

    • bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      Claim him, then trade him?

      Maybe because under the terms of the amnesty deal, teams aren’t allowed to trade a player obtained that way until June 2012.

  11. hail2tharedskins - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    The question I have, if his contract is picked up and he retires… do the Knicks still have to pay their portion of the contract?

  12. zidanevalor - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    According to Rotoworld, Chauncey was claimed by the Clippers, and cannot be traded until July 1st. Interesting to see if this affects the CP3 trade because maybe now the Clippers will give up Gordon.

    It’s also being reported that the Clippers had to pass on matching DeAndre Jordan’s contract to sign Billups.

    • zidanevalor - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:43 PM

      Edit: Maybe the Clippers can still sign DeAndre Jordan. Hearing conflicting reports now.

  13. lcdcac - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Well? Did he clear waivers?

  14. ishudbgm - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Go to the HEAT!!!!!!! Its not our fault South Beach is nice year round. All of you haters on here would leave your current city for free just to come and hang out down here……when south beach gets boring just go to KOD. Mr Big Shot is gonna love it down here!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. caseybojangles - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    DH12 is the dumbest nickname EVA…seriously…stop it.

    • bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:05 AM

      Actually, I’ve heard much dumber ones. Particularly that lame habit that Red Sox fans have for shortening the names of every single player that play for their choker baseball team.

      Pedey? (for Pedroia)

      Can’t get any worse that that.

  16. westcoastredbird - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    LeBron is praying hard that Chauncey comes on board. This way he can pass the hot potato to Billups with the game on the line instead of going into the choke mode and embarrassing himself.

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