New York Knicks: Did Donnie Walsh Re-Sign Chauncey Billups Just to Trade Him?
Chauncey Billups' team option was surprisingly picked up by the New York Knicks, which begs the question of whether they'll try to cash him in before next summer
Chauncey Billups is still a fine point guard, though aging and visibly declining. At 34 years old, Billups still hits or exceeds many of his career averages and positively impacts games.
Is he worth his $14.2 million for next year? Definitely not, but that doesn't prohibit the Knicks from success with him running the ship. As a part of the cap-clearing campaign, the Knicks could have let Billups walk, putting them roughly $10 million under the cap with lots of roster spots to fill. Instead, they picked Billups up, sit at $60 million and have one less spot to fill than they would have otherwise.
I think the Knicks brought Chauncey back so that they can trade him. They know that he's gone after next year and that he's not their point guard of the future, so why waste time and money on him unless they're trying to flip him?
He's got some basketball left in him, so there will be value there. If they can return two young players with potential, it could maybe shore up some of the depth issues and set the Knicks up for better cap flexibility as Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire reach their primes together.
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