Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  38 responses

Nuggets Apologized to Chauncey Billups for Trading Him

Well, you certainly don’t see this type of thing every day. The Nuggets had to include Chauncey Billups in the ‘Melo trade, and because he’s such a beloved member of the Denver community, the team felt an obligation to apologize to him and his family. From the Post: “His inclusion in the trade to the New York Knicks was the name that really stung for Nuggets fans. Billups grew up here, played basketball at George Washington High School and the University of Colorado and never wastes an opportunity to show his love for the city. That’s why, said Nuggets executives Josh Kroenke and Masai Ujiri, it was painful to let him go. And that’s why the duo opened their Tuesday evening news conference in an unusual manner. ‘I want to offer a personal apology to the Billups family,’ Kroenke said. ‘They mean the world to me personally, and I know that Chauncey means everything to Denver. And when I say Denver, I mean just Denver basketball on every level. He is Denver basketball. He was a high school star here, he was a college star here, he was a professional star here. It was an incredibly tough decision to include him in this trade.’ Added Ujiri: ‘It was hard. This trade took this long because of Chauncey. We tried every way not to include him in this trade. It’s one of the most difficult things. What a great professional, what a great person, what a great family. He will always be welcome in Denver, and he knows that.’ Throughout the trade saga, Billups maintained the stance he never wanted to leave the Nuggets. His preference would have been to retire a Nugget.”

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  • Riggs

    lol @ they tried every way, they couldnt send ty lawson to the knicks and keep him?

  • O***

    @Riggs; And why would the Knicks want Ty Lawson?

  • http://google c_cantrell

    well that sh*t sucks

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    They still traded him.
    Because it’s a business.

  • Riggs

    Have you not seen ty lawson play?

  • Gus

    this sends a clear message: players in the NBA or for that matter any league in the world are treated like numbers -no more no less

  • jungwook lim

    nuggets and knicks suck

  • Overtime

    Watching that press conference, it was obvious Kroenke really did try every other option than include Chauncey.
    Class move, actually makes me look upon the Nuggets in a better light

  • Yes.We.Did

    Your’e damned right you should be sorry. Enjoy the leadership of J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin @$$holes. Oh, and enjoy the lottery.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Nuggets had been trying to replace Chauncey for Tywon for the longest.

  • Mr. UPS

    Where’s the loyalty? I hope all the bashers of “unloyal” free agents are equally pissed off by this. It’s a business at the end of the day.

  • Mr. UPS


  • fruizm

    poor chauncey??? these players are paid millions….its part of the business…deal with it!

  • blindfolded

    Denver fans, meet pistons fans! This was the same promise Stuckey showed that made it “okay” to rid Mr. Big Shot. Still waitin on a consistent 3 ball from him. I always trade for him on 2k :(

  • epic win

    It’s bidness at the end of the day.

  • the truth

    This is why lebron left cleveland. Owners have no loyalty why should players?

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @the truth — There’s no problem with leaving, none at all. It’s a business, from both sides.
    But you can do it classy. The Nuggets did it classy.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It is funny that players don’t deserve sympathy because they make millions but teams deserve sympathy when players bolt. Don’t teams make millions? Fans are crazy.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    ^Not according to D Stern!

  • the truth

    true that


    F Stan “I NEED money for my St. Louis Rams” Kroenke! Denver should have apologized to both Billups and Melo for being so damn CHEAP and avoiding the luxury tax at all cost (even winning) during their window of opportunity to challenge the Lakers in the Western Conference. BTW, Billups is glad to be in the Mecca playing for an OWNER who’s committed to winning. Carpe Diem!

  • Ricardo

    I feel bad for Chauncey – a class act and a proven NBA winner, and thus the complete polar opposite for Carmelo. Hopefully there’s a sweet gig on the Denver coaching staff or even front office somewhere down the line.

  • http://www.garrettelliott.com Garrett

    Sucks for Chauncey, but hopefully it’s an opportunity for him to win some games and get deep into the playoffs again.

  • burnt_chicken

    A respectful gesture. It’s refreshing to find human values in a professional world.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    LBJ was right, treat the industry like it treats u.
    I can’t help but feel sorry 2 Chauncey though

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    It is a business, but like any other business people and their families are impacted. I feel for anybody – regardless of how much money they make, that’s essentially ‘forced’ to move from a community they enjoy/love and possibly up-root their families because of a business decision. At the end of the day, Chauncy is a professional and it’s not the worst case scenario to play at MSG, but I do sympathize with him.

  • http://www.boogliewillaims.com Boing Dynasty

    AP, Nobody feels bad for a professional organization, if anyone actually ever “feels bad” its only for the fans, and thats only until the next Blake Griffin hightlight captures thier attention.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    AP, Nobody feels bad for a professional organization, if anyone actually ever “feels bad” its only for the fans

  • DBoy

    How did he try every other option?? Instead of taking four starters leave felton with the Knicks and keep Chauncey.. am I missing something??

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Giving the Nuggets credit for apologizing to Chauncey is like giving LeBron credit for calling Cleveland right before the The Decision and thanking the fans of Cleveland during The Show.
    It really is.

  • MikeC.

    An attempt at class in a world devoid of class. Nicely done Nuggets. The leadership void is large now. JR Smith is gonna run wild.

  • FoCo

    Hopefully Chauncey can be back in Denver soon. The last time Chauncey got traded Dice was back in Detroit after 30 days (although in retrospect he might have wanted to stick around for the WCF appearance.) Chauncey being shafted by the Nuggets (again) was the one aspect of this deal that pissed me off from the jump but at least they had the class to acknowledge it in what seemed a heartfelt manner and we will see where Chauncey ends up down the road.
    JR and the rest of the Nuggets gonna be fine now that the black hole is gone and everybody will get to take some shots and maybe, just maybe there will be some defense from the SF position for the first time in years.

  • http://slamonline.com Enigmatic

    Give NY back Felton and take Billups back. Simple as me droppin a bomb on a quiet village of brown folks.

  • riggs

    lol FoCo, you fairweather fan.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Wow. So much hate. My hat’s off to the Nugz for the comments. It IS a business and the businessmen must make decisions.

  • FoCo

    I fail to see your point. If its in reference to Chauncey it makes no sense and I have NEVER been in Melo’s corner.

  • Kyle

    The Thuggets are playing quite well after having gotten rid of Billups(who was having his worst season until he went on a scoring rampage the past 20 games.) But I have a feeling it has more to do with getting rid of the overrated “superstar” Anthony. And they’re winning without Gallinari after his 30 point, 9 rebound game. Their last two losses were close, and one was to Portland where they lost by one point.

  • Denver fan

    The Nuggets are 9-2 since the trade and everyone is playing D and taking good shots. All of this is better that what Melo can say right now. Chauncey we want you to come back but dont blame you if you dont.