Thanks for coming, Chauncey.
After being traded for Denver in a deal he didn’t want (Billups is from Denver and was happy there), as a sidekick to Carmelo Anthony, and then having his option exercised to pay him $16 million, the New York Knicks exercised their amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups Saturday.
The move means that Billups will enter the “Amnesty auction” in which teams under the cap (and only under the cap) can bid for Billlups’ services by offering to pay part or all of his remaining salary. The $16 million is removed from New York’s cap, and any bidder who puts in a qualifying offer would have that bid on their cap.
The move was made to make room for the signing of Tyson Chandler, acquired in a sign-and-trade with Dallas. The Knicks also traded Ronny Turiaf to the Wizards for Andy Rautins and a second-round pick.
Billups’ agent told Yahoo! Sports earlier in the week that if he is amnestied “buyer beware” if it’s a team he doesn’t want to go to, essentially daring a non-contender to sign him. There have been rumors that were he to go through the amnesty auction process with no one putting in an offer, he could sign with the Heat.
Yeah, I’ll let that one sink in a while.
Billups is available for bid until Friday.
Kevin Durant was doing it all in the first half — he had 18 points to lead the Warriors (tied with Stephen Curry) and was making plays all over the court.
That includes racing back on this play and blocking Dejounte Murray‘s layup. Twice. On one shot.
The Warriors have led by 20 and been in control through the start of the third quarter. KD was at the heart of that.
That was a foul. Jonathan Simmons caught Draymond Green in the face as he reached in.
But the delayed then overly-dramatic reaction by Green is a classic flop.
We’ll see if the NBA fined Green for this, but Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich was amused.
Take that Stephen Curry.
Gregg Popovich would pull him so fast he’d look like a fidget spinner if he tried this in a game, but during warmups before Game 4 Monday night LaMarcus Aldridge knocked down a deep three from one knee.
If Aldridge is taking a lot of threes that’s not a good sign for the Spurs, but we’ll see if he can have a big night and keep the Spurs alive in this series.
Stephen Curry‘s pregame warmups draw people into the arena early, it’s a show in and of itself.
Before Game 4 Monday night, Curry was taking a couple shots from the center-court logo. And draining them. Like layups. Because he can.
We’ll see if he can put on that kind of show when the game tips off.