J.J. Redick Trade May Mean End of Chauncey Billups' Days with LA Clippers
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears, Billups is drawing interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Despite the fact that Billups is 36 and played in just 22 games for the Clippers last season, interest is high for a veteran player who can still be of some help in the backcourt.
Hey, if Derek Fisher can still draw interest at midseason from title contenders, why can't Billups grab another season?
The Spears report states that it could be tough for the Clippers to hold on to Billups.
In the trade, Los Angeles sent away a point guard and a small forward, but brought back two guards.
That means the Clippers currently have Chris Paul, Redick, Jamal Crawford, Willie Green (if they exercise his option) and Dudley (who has vacillated between shooting guard and small forward for the past few seasons).
Plus, they just drafted Reggie Bullock, another player who will likely play small forward and shooting guard.
Billups would be competing against four guards and two tweeners for any possible minutes.
It seems if Billups wants to be on the end of the bench, he might as well retire and search for an assistant coaching position.
However, if he wants to play a few meaningful minutes, he would have to find himself another team.
Free-agent Matt Barnes is also a concern to leave, but he has a better chance of landing meaningful minute than Billups.
With Caron Butler going to Phoenix, Dudley will likely land the starting small forward spot. On top of that, Grant Hill retired and the departure of Eric Bledsoe would make Barnes the best wing defender should he re-sign.
While they have made some definite improvements to their roster, the Clippers definitely still have decisions left to make before they can finish up building their team for next season.
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