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Billups says he’s a Clipper, “It could have been much worse”


Chauncey Billups is in.

He threatened retirement if someone he didn’t like picked him up on waivers after the Knicks used the amnesty rule on him (to free up room for Tyson Chandler). The Clippers took a chance and submitted a bid on him.

At his introductory press conference, Billups said he was in and gave a backhanded compliment to the Clippers (as reported at ESPNLosAngeles.com).

“I’m a Clipper, and I’m happy to be here. It could have been much worse. This is a really good situation. I think these guys are ready to take the next leap and I think I can be a part of that.”

The Clippers backcourt is going to be an interesting mix — Billups reiterated that he is a point guard, but even the five-time All Star is the second best PG on this team now thanks to Chris Paul. This is going to make the Clippers kind of a two-pronged attack, two guys who can run the pick-and-roll as ball handler, but with Billups playing more off the ball. (One would assume, but coach Vinny Del Negro tried to have Derrick Rose play off the ball more in Chicago, so we’re not going to put anything past him.)

What Billups said is that after all this he just wants to be settled, as Eric Pincus passed along at Hoopsworld.

“To be honest, it’s been a really long last year for me,” said Billups. “The whole Melo-drama in Denver and going from that and getting traded, when I never really thought I would be; and then embracing that whole situation in New York, going through the lockout which was strenuous and then coming back and just being waived was something that I never thought was going to happen.”

Billups admitted he contemplated retirement, but really he didn’t want to walk away from the game.

The Clippers are a young team that can be very, very good in a couple years if they learn how to win (and if Clippers management brings in good role players). Billups knows what it takes to get there, how to win, how play in the big moments this team is going to start to see. He can speed up the learning curve. It’s just one of the reasons this is a great get for the Clippers.

And Billups is in.

Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers


Well, so much for the whole Chris Paul thing.

The Clippers put in the high bid among multiple teams to claim Chauncey Billups off waivers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

Now the real question — will Billups retire or will he play for the Clippers?

Billups has threatened retirement if he didn’t get sent to a team he wanted to play for, he wanted to be a free agent Wojnarowski says was leaning towards the Lakers or the Heat, two contenders who need point guards. But a lot of players — including CP3 — have expressed interest in the Clippers thanks to Blake Griffin. Is that and Los Angeles attractive enough to Billups, or would he retire?

Another question: Do the Clippers really need him? They already have two good point guards on the roster in Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe.

Billups was on the waiver wire because the Knicks used their amnesty on him to clear the way for signing Tyson Chandler. Under the terms of the new CBA, teams under the salary cap could bid on the rights to that player for a portion of the season (the bid would be the price that team would pay of the salary, the Knicks pick up the rest).

The Clippers did not get Billups as a trade chip — players grabbed off amnesty cannot be traded until July 1 next year (when Billups would be a free agent anyway). They want him for the season.

The Clippers were able to bid because they were under the salary cap… at least until they would have matched the bid the Warriors put in on DeAndre Jordan. Which L.A. had not yet done. The Clippers had up to $3.5 million to bid.