Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

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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.