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Report: Chauncey Billups a real possibility to make Cleveland Cavaliers roster

Aug 14, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

Chauncey Billups

When last we saw Chauncey Billups, the veteran point guard was playing sparingly for the Detroit Pistons last season. Which is what he did for the Clippers for a couple seasons before that. In Los Angeles he was sort of an additional assistant coach, someone who could guide a then growing Clippers team into playing the right way.

But on the court he’s never been the same since blowing out his Achilles tendon. Billups worked hard to get back on the court, but he lost some explosiveness and could only make up for so much of that with his hoops IQ.

Cleveland might be able to use a guy to play a few minutes and be provide a lot of veteran stability in the locker room, and they might pick up Billups reports Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report.

Honestly, the media makes more sense to me — he’s be a fantastic analyst. But based on what I’ve seen and the ball handlers in Cleveland, he’d be an assistant coach by any other name. Billups is a legend of the game — a seven-time All-Star, a Finals MVP, a 17-year-veteran — but father time always wins the race.

Consider this something to watch. Billups may not be ready to walk away.

  1. FlashPatterson - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I hope they pick him up.. Chauncey is a boss.

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Remember three years ago when Chauncey hit that game winning shot for the Clippers and he celebrated like he had won the finals? Yeah, he was as surprised as the rest of us that it went in.

  3. fm31970 - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    “Billups is a legend of the game…’

    A legend?!?!? Was this posted in WA or Denver by chance??

    • pburghballin - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      I agree in the sense that the use of the word “legend” might have been a stretch, but there’s no doubting that the list of the guys accomplishments rivals many “legends”, add that to this durability and you have yourself a heck of a ball player.

  4. canucks30 - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Shawn Marion
    Mike Miller
    Ray Allen
    Chauncey Billups
    James Jones

    That’s a talented and versatile veteran bench for the Cavs.

    • muhangis - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:54 AM

      Billups was just absolutely purely awful last year man!! Do you actually pay attention to basketball at all, or just look at the names?

      • ebecks34 - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Yeah, if this was 2008, that would be an excellent bench. Bringing 35 year old guys from the bench will not gonna cut it. Ask Miami last year.

    • jeffkx - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:24 AM

      Don’t forget Andy V if they start Tristan at C or trade for a C..

  5. tv63 - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Let’s just get the rest of the roster from the NBA nursing home. He’s too freakin old! What good is his experience if he can’t even run down the damn court! His bones are more brittle than Lays potato chips but he’s so smart….

  6. muhangis - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    And I don’t know what James Jones has ever really done.

  7. onlyavoice - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Billups is DONE, washed up.
    Signing a player who’s only contribution is talking about 2004 championship does not make sense.

  8. socalgal64 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    He’s gonna go to the Cavs because he’s close to Tyronn Lue, because so many players have followed Lue throughout his career. Of course this has nothing to do with LeBron James returning.

  9. sportsfan18 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Insert Kobe’s here now too…

    “But on the court he’s never been the same since blowing out his Achilles tendon. Billups worked hard to get back on the court, but he lost some explosiveness and could only make up for so much of that with his hoops IQ.”

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