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Chauncey Billups reportedly undergoing knee surgery

Feb 19, 2014, 6:51 PM EDT

Chauncey Billups

What a horrific signing by the Pistons last summer. He’s way overpaid. The Pistons, already a bad team, are worse on both ends of the court when plays.

No, not Josh Smith (who’s actually helped the wayward Pistons offensively and defensively).

I’m talking about Chauncey Billups.

When you give Smith a $54 million contract, your other missteps tend be overlooked. But Joe Dumars also signed Billups to a two-year, $5 million contract before the season.

I don’t want to denigrate Billups, who’s had a marvelous career and did so much for the Pistons in his first stint with the team. But in his return season, he’s barely gotten on the court (309 minutes in 19 games) and played poorly when he has (5.46 PER). Billups hasn’t done anything wrong, per se. That’s just what happens when players age

As does this:

I’m not sure how you declare any surgery on a 37-year-old – especially someone who’s missed 140 of his teams’ 201 games (and counting) the last three years – won’t be career-ending, let alone season-ending.

The Pistons have a team option for Billups next year, and if they didn’t already plan to cut him loose, this should push them firmly in that direction. They wasted one chance to put a better player on the roster, and they shouldn’t squander another.

Billups can transition to his next career in a team’s front office – he’s always said he prefers that to coaching – and the Pistons can sign someone younger.

Hopefully, Billups returns later this season to get a proper sendoff while playing for Detroit, where he experienced so much success. But after that, it’s time to move on.

  1. elcapitanfiscal - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Who runs the Pistons? I know being a GM is harder than it seems, but come on, you have to be really dumb to be making some of the moves these teams many NBA franchises pretty much giving away millions to players that can’t even get on the court.

  2. therealhtj - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Kobe Bryant – take a glimpse into your future.

  3. DonKellyBaby - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Joe Dumars has turned this franchise into one of the worst in the league. And to add salt on the wounds, Tom Gores is a complete buffoon and joke of an owner that has no idea what he’s doing. All he cares about is owning a sports franchise so he can brag to his friends. The guy lives in LA and rarely attends games.

    Here’s a newsflash Mr. Gores: Just because you bring back the best singers/rappers/and entertainers for the 1980s doesn’t mean you’ll attract fans to the Palace. If you want to make money, you have to put a winning product on the court.

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