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Report: Bobcats will not bid on Chauncey Billups

Dec 12, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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Turns out, Michael Jordan is not going to call Chauncey Billups bluff.

Billups and his agent have made it very clear that if any teams that he doesn’t want to play for try to snatch him up on the waiver wire he will simply retire. Then there were rumors the Bobcats were going to put in a bid anyway, from Marc Stein of ESPN. The Bobcats need a point guard, right now the two on their roster are D.J. Augustin and rookie Kemba Walker. Billups would be a good fit.

But it’s not going to happen, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Bobcats do NOT plan to claim Chauncey Billups off waivers according to player-personnel chief Rod Higgins.

For the record, I don’t think Billups is bluffing.

Billups was waived by the New York Knicks under the league’s amnesty provision as a move to help clear the way for their signing of Tyson Chandler. That wipes Billups salary off the Knicks books (he still gets paid) and puts him into a secondary waiver market where any team under the salary cap can bid on taking on part of his salary. For example, if the Bobcats had bid $1 million that is all they would pay for Billups, the Knicks would still pay the rest of his contracted salary. Billups was in the last year of his deal.

If no bid is put in, Billups becomes a free agent at 6 p.m. (Eastern) tonight. Miami and Billups home town of Denver would be front runners for his services.

  1. cside2605 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    The Bobcats think they are doing Billups a service,… when in fact …. they are doing the league an injustice. Bid the minimum on him, if he plays for you then great you have gotten a bargain …. if not, at least he did not go to Miami. Players and agents should not be able to bully and dictate where a player plays.

    • dadawg77 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      Player shouldn’t have a say in where that player plays?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM

        Not when the player is receiving his full contracted salary for the season and there is a waiver system in place that helps the lesser teams get better while punishing the teams that are better. In this case, there should be no question that the Bobcats should be able to make a waiver claim on him, but because he is acting like a pedantic 3 year old, he will get his way and none of these qussy owners will claim him.

        Claim him and let him retire…I wonder if there is a provision that if he decides to retire he doesn’t get the rest of his salary for that season from the team that amnesty’d him…if that were the case, then I wonder how fast he would suck it up for the year and play out the rest of the contract that he signed.

  2. cantonbound13 - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    I would love to see Cleveland claim him just to get back at LeBron.

  3. trueballs - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Would he start over Andre Miller in Denver? Or take significant minutes away from Chalmers, the recipient of a new $12mil contract?

  4. stoutfiles - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Bid 1 million to stop him from helping a good team. If he plays fou you, then you got a steal. If he retires, you don’t have to pay him, right? If I were the Knicks, I’d bribe a loser team to bid for him to possibly release you from paying him.

  5. sabfour - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Just like the player is expected to “honor their contract” owners should do the same. No he should not be penalized if he wants to retire. If he does not like the situation he is in and comfortable with retiring, then so be it. He didn’t ask to be released. Another point is this waiver wire is not specifically for lesser teams, its only for teams that have cap space a spend their money wisely.

    Chauncey has been with tons of teams and quite frankly he should be at that age where he just wants to settle and play for decent team and retire. Why play for a guy that barely even wanted this season to happen?? You look from the outside, in, when you have to realize it’s a job just like yours. At the end of the day he should be able to chose where he wants to play.

  6. 973yenots - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Duh!! The man made it clear, he wants to play for a contender! Can you blame him! He’s been a putting up with f.ckery the past few years, they traded him from his hometown! Where he wanted to stay and then get waived ! He’s looking out for him now!!

  7. sabfour - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    973 they don’t understand that. Lol. He is near retiring. Why go play for a rebuilding team?

  8. Nadeem - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Some team under the cap should just bid a dollar and claim him.

  9. bparmalee - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Living in Charlotte (though I am a Pacers fan) when MJ says he is going to spend money on anything.. its ALWAYS a bluff. This is they guy that traded Tyson Chandler to Dallas for Eric Dampiers empty deal so he could just dump salary. Look at the Bobcats roster… is there anyone that you want starting for your team? Bad owner.. bad team.. I feel bad for Kimba Walker.

  10. ishudbgm - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Its a sad day in sports when fans want the bobcats to claim Billups just to keep him from Miami. Not all owners are the same…..some teams try hard to make their team better and they even take chances but some do not try and would rather spend little money to get better. If the Heat and Lakers are good its because they try every year……the Bobcats and Cavs seem to be doing little to make their teams better. The Pacers may not win a Championship but they are trying to put something together……the Bobcats and especially the Cavs do not try to make any positive moves at all, small market is no excuse. Long Story short… could you be mad at what Billups is saying or doing right now……playing for a team that doesn’t even try to get better is insane.

    • dab000 - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      We’re also talking about a guy who bitched his way out of Toronto as a rookie and already has a title. This ‘it’s about me now’ thing isn’t true.

    • badintentions11 - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:04 PM

      How can you say the Bobcats aren’t doing anything to make their team better? They are in rebuilding mode. It was obvious that having Wallace/Jackson as the center pieces weren’t going to work out so Jordan had to blow it up. The Pacers are making some good moves yes, but they have a young all star in Granger to build around. The Bobcats are still trying to get over the Larry Brown era where he brought in terrible FA’s and drafted even worse players. Sure Jordan was the one that took Brown in, but now that he is soley running the show I will see how he is doing after a couple years. The team has no choice but to let their young players play. No big name free agents will come just yet b/c there is no draw. They will end up tanking and hope to get a star player in the draft and build from that.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:20 PM

      Every team in the league could benefit from a bargain-bin Billups. Keeping him from Miami is merely a pleasant side-effect. And Billups has every right to be pissed. Shame he has to do it in the most childish, unprofessional, and childish way possible.

  11. sterko - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Clip it, Hang it, Klitch it

    Get a Klitch!


  12. ghelton03 - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Can’t believe MJ is going to let a lowly player tell him what he can and can’t do. MJ, missing an opportunity to efff with a player? Hard to believe.

  13. goforthanddie - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Charlotte’s not very well run are they? Obvious need at PG + almost-free Billups = intelligent pick-up. Maybe that’s why Jordan can’t make money-he’s stupid.

  14. Josh Perez - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    I should normally he should stop bitching, but these are special circumstances. He’s been traded a zillion times and for a player as effective and efficient as him it hurts. Everybody keep saying he is good but nobody keeps him. Then what’s the deal?

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