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Pistons will look at Calderon, others to bring point guard depth

Jul 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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Brandon Knight is the starting point guard in Detroit and that is not likely to change next season. But one of the Pistons’ goals of the off-season was to get some depth at the position.

They have a few targets, reports the Detroit News, from the realistic to bringing back some old friends.

The Pistons have kept an open door with current and former players, and will explore those options next week with Jose Calderon, Will Bynum and Chauncey Billups.

Calderon is the best player on that list but he is also a long shot — remember he just rejected Sacramento because they are rebuilding, which is exactly what Detroit is doing.

Will Bynum was a Piston last season and has drawn interest from other teams as well as a backup point.

Billups is interesting in that he is a legendary former Piston — they don’t win a ring in 2004 without him playing at a Finals MVP level — but he is not young and is coming off an Achilles injury. He would be great in the locker room, would be loved by fans, but there are questions about what

There are other options out on the market as well, we’ll see which way the Pistons go.

  1. fredagsedb - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    If Billups can come in give them 15 mins of quality every night it could huge for Knight’s development. They can even play together.

    Let Bynum and Calderon go, and trade Stuckey (if they can) and get a decent,(young) back-up PG or sign one.

    Then you have a S5 of Knight, Caldwell-Pope, Maggette/Jerebko, Monroe, Drummond, with a veteran Billups coming off the bench and a prominent figure in the locker room you’re looking good for rebuilding.
    Decent mix of potential and experience with Billups, Maxiell as blue collar veterans and a ton of potential with Monroe, Drummond, Knight, Caldwell-Pope.

  2. tomshoe - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    It still boggles the mind why they didn’t pick up another point guard.

    As much as I love Knight, he doesn’t seem like a starting caliber PG. He’s a good player overall, but he’s more of a first guard off the bench kind of guy.

  3. anonymousrm - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    bring back Chauncey so he can finish his career in Detroit much like how Ben Wallace did!

  4. thetruthcampaign - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I’d love to have Billups back. If they could bring back any others from the 04 team, I’d be fine with that too, even if just for a season of fun.

  5. pistonfan73 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Returning Chauncy Billups to the Detroit Pistons would be an incredible positive happenng for the team,fans, and community. Chauncy should have never been traded! This would be a step in the right direction to help the sagging attendance at the Palace by giving former Piston fans a reason to once again support the team. Maurice Cheeks is looking to bring in Rasheed Wallace and Chauncy would add a strong presence in the locker room. Bynum is a classy player that just wants to play and win. Give him a contract and let Brandon Knight and him be tutored by Chauncy!

    • pistonfan73 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Chauncy has helped the Nuggets and Clippers with his solid play and leadership and would be a great addition!

      • pistonfan73 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Also Chauncy knows the Piston organization very well!

  6. xjokerz - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    typical for Detroit teams..bringing back trash they let go years ago

    Joe Dumars needs to be booted

    • ryanprzy - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      It’s not like they’d be bringing him back to catapult them back into the NBA Finals…

      Billups would be a great presence in that locker room as a veteran and a winner.

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