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Chauncey Billups says he’s interested in joining Heat next season

Jun 10, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

Chauncey Billups AP

Chauncey Billups was in Miami Sunday, picking up the inaugural NBA Best Teammate award.

But he wouldn’t mind being back in Miami next fall.

Billups is an unrestricted free agent this summer and like a lot of veterans willing to play for less money if they get a shot at a ring, he has interest in the Heat, he told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

“Of course, I would have interest in Miami, of course,’’ Billups told FOX Sports Florida…

“Absolutely, I could help them,’’ Billups said before the Heat faced San Antonio after having lost the Finals opener last Thursday.

Billups will be 37 at the start of next season and after coming off a torn Achilles that had him out for all but 22 games last season, it’s fair to ask how much he can really contribute.

Thing is the Heat don’t really need him. They have Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole at the pint and Billups, despite being a smart player, lacks the athleticism the Heat like to use at the point. He could play some two guard off the bench, but Miami is already giving those minutes to Ray Allen.

But it’s out there. Stranger things have happened.

  1. readysethike - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    well chauncey so would dan marino, charles barkley, allen iverson, karl malone and dominique wilkins…stand in line

  2. heat256 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    “At the pint”? Are the Heat an Irish drinking team now? We do not need yet another aged vet piling on for one last run . The Heat could use some smart signings of younger players to help bridge the gap when the older role players (Allen, Battier,Lewis & Miller) cannot be counted on for meaningful minutes.

    • hehateme2 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Everyone wants to get in the spotlight! Go HEAT!

  3. acdc363 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Can we at least wait till the season is over before we start with the “[random old veteran] is interested in the Heat” stories!!

  4. saint1997 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    C’mon Chauncey it’s not as if you need a ring just stay in LA!!

  5. elwaysagenius - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Teammate of the year leaving his team. Cool award bro.

    • reesesteel23 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      BILLUPS IS AN UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT THIS and like a lot of veterans willing to play for less money if they get a shot at a ring, he has interest in the Heat, he told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

      ^^^This sentence was actually in the story ya know

      • reesesteel23 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        THIS SUMMER*

    • money2long - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      teammate of the year. not, free agent of the year. why are people thumbs up’ing that ?

  6. nard100 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Even players want to jump on the bandwagon. I love it!

  7. jimsjam33 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Chauncey you are finished . Last season you may have cost the Clippers a chance at the championship . You are too slow and can’t play defense anymore . Any memory of you being ‘ Mr. Bigshot ” faded away a few seasons ago . Please retire .

    • fm31970 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Exactly. He missed half the season, and the HEat already have plenty of old guys who can do more and do those things better. Try Charlotte, Chauncey.

  8. aboogy123456 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I love Chauncey and think he will have a good impact on young players of any team he plays for, but as I said last year about Steve Nash, he wouldn’t help the Heat on the court. The Heat rely so much on their point guards playing pressure defense, and I don’t think Chauncey has the ability to play defense like he used to.

  9. silencegooddoer - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Come on Chauncey.. have some dignity and retire. It is not like you never won a championship either!

    • tuberippin - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:10 AM

      Ray Allen won a title before joining Miami.

  10. silencegooddoer - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Maybe the NBA should find a way to calculate the amount under value the players are leaving on the table to colude amongst each other and grant the worst team in the league that much varience in the salary limits to try to even things out. I am not sure how this current situatin benefits the NBA fans as a whole? Anyone else have thoughts?

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