Chauncey Billups Returning to Detroit
Early this morning, news broke that Chauncey Billups will be returning to his old team, the Detroit Pistons. The 5 time all star Billups played 6 years with the Pistons from 2003-2008 and helped Detroit win a championship in his first year. Since the part with the pistons, Chauncey has played for the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and most recently, the Los Angeles Clippers. Injuries have hampered him for the last couple of years where he hasn’t been able to play more than 22 games either year in LA.
Chauncey was an integral part of building a championship team in Detroit, where they flourished through his 6 years with the team. During his stint, the Pistons won 4 division titles, made the finals twice, and won 1 title. He will join the team with a two year contract worth upwards of $5 million with possible incentives. What looks like the final city that Chauncey plays in, it will be nice to see him end his long and successful career with the team he built his legacy.
This is a good signing for a very young Pistons team. Billups will bring a lot of veteran leadership and experience to a very youthful team. The players will learn a lot from someone who has been through it all from a championship to a serious injury. Billups has always been a very strong leader, and I don’t think it would shock anyone if after these two years are up, he joins the Pistons coaching staff. Many teams have turned to former players for coaching help, and Billups could easily be another down the road. This story either way is a happy ending for a player returning to the city he brought a lot success, and it will be a nice ending for a very long and prosperous career.