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J.J. Redick-Jared Dudley trade might squeeze Chauncey Billups off Clippers

Jul 2, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

Chauncey Billups, Ty Lawson

Chauncey Billups – when healthy, which wasn’t very often – started at shooting guard for the Clippers the last two years.

Now that the Clippers have upgraded their wing positions by trading for J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, Billups, a free agent, might no longer fit in Los Angeles.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

I’m not sure why the Clippers wouldn’t welcome Billups as their backup point guard now that Eric Bledsoe is gone. Billups struggled in the playoffs (shooting 31 percent and turning the ball over more than he assisted baskets), but he was still pretty good in his regular-season. Whoever fills that role is likely to be a minimum-salaried player who doesn’t play much behind Chris Paul, anyway.

Perhaps, Billups moving from starter to reserve would be untenable with the same team. But it’s difficult to find a contender that would start Billups, so why not make it work in Los Angeles?

Billups said he had interest in signing with the Heat, and that could be his best fit. Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole certainly aren’t unimpeachable. I don’t know whether Billups would start in Miami, but Chalmers-Billups is likely a better combination than Chalmers-Cole. And if Cole improves and Billups declines to the point Cole is better than Billups, Billups would be another pro’s pro to set the tone in Miami.

  1. htownred34 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I think they let him walk unless he will stay for less or add solid backup point who can pass and play defense because they have plenty of offensive threats. Sebastian Telfair, Earl Watson, Will Bynum, D.J Augustin, Royal Ivey, and Keyon Dooling are some names…

  2. doclolly - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    He should come back to the Knicks we Love having starting PGs that are over the age of 35

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      And over 35 stone (because of Raymond Felton) #WeirdWeightMeasurementsJoke

  3. phx1311 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    JYD will be missed in the valley. He is a great hustle player and can knock down 3s in the first three quaters.

    • adoombray - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      True story. “Fan Favorite” doesn’t do the guy justice. Jared Dudley was always worth the price of admission, and they will love him in LA.

      Chauncey was only useful to the Clippers as the coach on the floor because they didn’t have a real one on the bench. Doc Rivers makes him expendable.

  4. sportsnut101 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    He’s done with clippers n thank god.

    Go be Ban wagon Player with heat now so sad. Why not see if spurs are interested they don’t have backup pg

  5. sylpkt - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    I’d be happy to have him in OKC. He saw how much run Fisher got the last couple years. He’d be an upgrade on DFish and provide some insurance incase Lamb isn’t ready yet.

  6. xliontamer - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    he second unit of the Clips was about quickly attacking, out running people and when CB played with them, they were horrible. I think the closest thing to Bledsoe in FA is Nate Robinson – but whomever they get, they just need to be able to play to that tempo.

  7. zxrated - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    This article makes no sense. Billups is a PG. The Clippers have no PG to back up CP3 if you let Billups walk.

  8. breastfedted - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Who cares, this is all meaningless in a league that is rigged and scripted more than the WWE. No team other than Lebron’s team will be allowed to win the title as long as David Stern is running the show.

    • harshedmellow - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      You mean the same Lebron-led team that was a desperation heave by Ray Allen away from losing the series?

      That’s some script, yo.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Word.

  9. lastdukestreetking - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    @breastfedted – Stern stops running the show in Feb.

  10. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    The only thing worse than Chauncey Billups cracking the Clippers rotation this season was that they had a coach who thought it was wise to have Chauncey Billups cracking the rotation. The Notorious VDN is gone, now it’s time to put Chauncey to pasture.

  11. dezglobal - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Go back to Detroit.. He won a title there, he could be a leader to the young PG they have.. They’ll retire his jersey. Makes sense.

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