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Pistons might keep Chauncey Billups around after this season… in the front office

Jul 28, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

Chauncey Billups, Joe Dumars AP

When the Detroit Pistons brought back Chauncey Billups on a two-year contract — $2.5 million a year with a team option on the second year — there were questions about the move in some corners. But in the short term for a growing team, I like it.

Billups doesn’t bring a whole lot on the court any more, but he brings trusted leadership — in what was an increasingly uncomfortable Clippers locker room last season (due to Vinny Del Negro’s quest to appease Chris Paul in hopes of keeping his job) a number of players turned to Billups for advice. He was a go-to guy.

Billups can provide that for Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and the young core of the Pistons. Which is another reason the Pistons may want to keep Billups around beyond this coming season… but maybe not as a player, reports Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

Billups has the business savvy and hoops IQ to be a good front office guy someday, if he wants to go that route.

But for at least a year, he’s going to be a leader in uniform. Then we’ll see.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Joe Dumars looks Charles Barkley hefty nowadays.

    • uncledrew22 - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      He’s living good. You’d look the same way if you were getting paid like he is.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:56 AM

        True, true. Very true. lol
        I was just pointing it out. Everyone gets on CB for his weight, just looks different on a 6”4 SG.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Right, because everyone who makes boku bucks is fat.

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Sigh, I remember a LONG time ago thinking Joe D was brilliant. Now we’re just a on-going hot mess.

    • bigmizzax - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      I could not agree more

  3. andrexdrummondxforxdpoy - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    He’ll probably succeed dumars soon enough

  4. onlyavoice - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Hire The White Guy With An Education, 2 NBA Championships, GM Experience & 3× WNBA Championships,
    BILL LAIMBEER.
    Joe Will Not. He Know’s He Would Loose His Job To Bill.
    Not Saying Billups Is Dumb, Not At All, Just Saying Joe Is Doing Everything To Keep His Job & Keep The Kettle Black.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Trying to read all your posts’ with the capitalization of every word throws me off and makes it harder for me to read more fluidly, for some weird reason.

    • detroitfootsketball - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      First off im a fan of bill ive always wanted him to get a chance as an assistant coach but the wnba isnt the nba, when did he become a gm, i think only one nba team gave him chance then he was back in the wnba, and pointing out that he is white is just dumb. Good work though you got me to engage you win i lose

    • bigmizzax - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Well….it is Detroit.

  5. jimsjam33 - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Billups was on the court last season because Del Negro appeased Paul , not because Billups was the best two guard the Clippers had . That decision may have cost the Clippers a chance at the Championship or at least a victory over the Griz .
    This season because Billups is gone and Rivers is solid , the Clippers appear ready to challenge for the whole enchilada .
    Oh yes , ” onlyavoice ” you are right ! Laimbeer is the most qualified , but once again Billups will be in a position for which he has no experience and is appointed in a type of basketball nepotism with Joe Dumars . Detroit will fumble , bumble , and tumble once again .

  6. johnnybronco - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Amen 00maltliquor! And I must say nice use of the comma and apostrophe.

  7. jimeejohnson - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Lambier’s a punk who got taught what happens to dirty punks by good ole Charles Barkley.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Spelled that punk’s name wrong on purpose.

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