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Report: Chauncey Billups agrees to two-year deal to return to the Pistons

Jul 11, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

Four years after being traded away from the team he led to an NBA title back in 2004, Chauncey Billups has agreed to return home.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Chauncey Billups has reached agreement on a two-year contract to return to the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The deal will be worth $5 million-plus for Billups, league sources said.

Billups, 36, hopes to finish his career where it blossomed in the glory years of the Billups-Richard Hamilton-Ben Wallace Pistons of the mid-2000s. Billups will play the part of mentor for young Detroit guard Brandon Knight, and be a rotation guard off the bench for Detroit.

Billups played for the Pistons from 2002 through the middle of the 2008-09 season, before being traded to the Nuggets as part of the ill-fated deal that brought Allen Iverson to Detroit. He was an instrumental piece for the team during its incredible run that saw the Pistons reach the Eastern Conference Finals six straight seasons, which included two trips to the NBA Finals and winning the title in 2004.

The last two seasons Billups was with the Clippers, but injuries limited him to playing in just 42 total games. Billups has played 16 NBA seasons, and holds career averages of 15.4 points and 5.5 assists per game.

  1. dezglobal - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Welcome home Chauncey!

  2. boltsup - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Chaney will be coaching the Pistons in a year or 2 a la J. Kidd

  3. boltsup - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Chauncey will be coaching the Pistons in a year or 2 a la J. Kidd*

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Interesting. I figured Chauncey would be getting crunch time minutes for Vinny Del Negro on his son’s AAU team… but this makes more sense. Good move, Detroit.

  5. 50milessouthofdetroit - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    he never should have left.

  6. philliesblow - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Not a bad move but if this was in the works, why did they just sign Will Bynum for 2 years a couple days ago?

    • shanelsweet - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Detroit is paying $5M over 2 years to an older player who has played just 42 games in 2 years. Sounds like a bad move to me. Under the new CBA, these types of players should be making the vet minimum.

  7. jerdogthompson - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Good luck in the 313 Mr Big Shot. I enjoyed your time in LA.

  8. metrocritical - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    On the one hand, I say welcome home to a championship hero and all around good soldier who should never have been traded away in one of Dumars’ worst moves ever. On the other hand, one must question the timing, considering Will Bynum was just resigned and wonder if Dumars is just doing another haphazard reshuffling without having a logical master plan in place. While Chauncey can have great value as mentor and may have a little gas left in the tank, this move, without greater context, looks like one of those save your behind maneuvers aimed at producing a short term spike instead of building a consistent winner. One must also wonder if this spells the end for Stuckey and or Villanueva because the roster is now overstuffed with sub marginal players. Maybe the next roster moves will make the previous ones seem more logical, although logic has not been a hallmark of the Dumars tenure.

  9. loungefly74 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    IMHO…one of the best players in the past 15 years. Billups was a stud.

  10. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I’m buying tickets this year!

  11. tmac4454 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Billups is the man, but I wish he would retire and become a head coach. One thing with Dumars in the front office, he will not see another ring in that dead city.

  12. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Somewhere Will Bynum is banging his head against the wall for re-signing.

  13. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Overall I like this for DET. Chauncey belongs in DET. Nice for him to go play for Rasheed too. Maybe they could patch things up with Rip and see if he would be willing to come off the bench with Billups. That would be cool.

  14. lks311 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    For those questioning the Bynum signing, Chauncey can play the #2, you know?

  15. 2dmo4 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Billups should start & have Knight at the #2.

  16. clevelandschronic2 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Im a huge cavs fan and i really loved the heated battles we had with Chauncy Bbbb bbbbilllups and those great piston teams. Im glad he decided to go back home. Hopefully both our teams return to the playofffs. Id enjoy seeing my cavs go to war against chauncy and them pistons again.

  17. jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    So: another guy blows off L.A.! Just kidding (sort of). This move is like a time machine where I am taken back to those halcyon days of the great Detroit Pistons. Whadya mean “you traveled back way too far”?

  18. jimsjam33 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Chauncey is a nice guy , but that doesn’t win basketball games . He is washed up and it appears the Pistons have signed him for ” old times sake . ” Good luck Detroit ” Billups is a guard from another era and father time has stolen his speed and quickness . This is a very bad move on the part of Detroit management .

  19. ivedoneyourwife - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Not a Piston fan but that championship team was one of the most formidable defenses I’ve ever witnessed.

    I always thought Billups was underrated…he was a stud! Good to see him back where he belongs. Detroit rock city!

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