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Could Billups return to the Palace?
Chauncey Billups called himself "a lifetime Piston" when asked by the Detroit Free Press if he could ever see himself returning to the franchise:
"I would have loved to retire a Piston when I was here, but that wasn't in the cards. You never say never to any situation. I got nothing but great memories about here and winning, and this building was on fire. I would like for my memories to stay like that."
Billups has no plans to retire until after a few more seasons, and it's possible the Pistons could make waves before that time span ends. Even if not, Billups could serve as a mentor for Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey.
Billups can still offer a lot of value now as a shooting guard, and we've seen the switch to the 2-spot revitalize Jason Kidd in the same fashion, so the Pistons could still yet use Billups while retaining the services of Knight and likely dealing Stuckey, who has been mentioned in the past in trade rumors.
Since Detroit isn't fully satisfied with Stuckey (and haven't been for quite some time), might it make sense to trade Stuckey for Billups?
More would have to be included from the Clippers (Stuckey makes $8.5 million to Billups $4 million), and the trade couldn't occur until January 15 when Billups' trade restriction expires. How would Stuckey fit in on the Clippers?