Monday, March 14th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  29 responses

Knicks to Re-Sign Chauncey Billups?

According to Newsday‘s sources, Chauncey Billups may be sticking around New York for quite some time: “As everyone knows, the Knicks have a decision to make about their point guard position at the end of this season. By contractual rule, the team can save $10.5 million of the $14.2 million Chauncey Billups is scheduled to make in 2011-12 if they opt to waive the veteran point guard within five days of their last game. But a person with knowledge of the team’s thinking said the Knicks aren’t looking at that as an option and instead are considering committing to the 34-year-old Billups beyond 2012. The thinking is that Billups could be exactly what they need as a leader to direct the offense with star players Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. And if they can sign him to a reasonable contract extension, it would allow the team to have a decent amount of money left over to make upgrades in other areas of the roster via free agency. The Knicks anticipate having salary-cap space in the 2012 offseason, though how much still depends on the outcome of the next collective-bargaining agreement. Until Billups arrived, the belief was that the Knicks would use their cap space in 2012 to target a star point guard such as Chris Paul or, if he doesn’t sign an extension with the Nets , Deron Williams.”

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  • runNgun

    Forget Billups… Chris Paul to the Knicks. Make it happen, Walsh.

  • runNgun

    Why sign Billups when you can get either Deron Williams or Chris Paul in the off-season? Flash the cash, Dolan. Make it happen, Walsh!

  • ripslam

    Flying carpets. Make it happen, Walsh.

  • greg

    all he has to do is accept chaunceys player option of 14 million and use that money and the expiring of ronny turriaf and someone else to sign paul cp or dwill. sign a minimum free agent center and u got urself a powerhouse. then if billups doesnt feel like retiring sign him to a smaller deal and trade some picks and toney douglas for a better center.

  • http://jojo.com Max

    Get Deandre Jordan in the offseason.

  • Kas

    Billups is so overrated

  • Riggs

    they need a center in the offseason (deandre being a GREAT pickup). Chauncey is good for what they have.

  • http://slamonline.com Acclaimed

    Chauncey, Fields, Melo, STAT and DeAndre Jordan at the 5 would be an amazing team. DJ can block shots, rebound and defends the basket very well.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    23-year old Michael Jordan. Make it happen, Walsh.


    cause the Clippers will give away the only defender next to Blake. Get real Max. The Clippers of today will be great next season.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    2 weeks ago chauncey was the greatest thing ever to the knicks lol now its get rid of this dude

  • Lantern2814.5

    Yes, sign him. Because he has a championship and you all don’t.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Chauncey is a very serviceable PG. Not a CP3 or DWill, but still one of the better PGs. If they can keep him for 2-3 years and add two-three good/better than average vets with the saved salary cap space from hiring one of the other guys mentioned, then this is a really smart move. Something that the Miami 3 are showing the league is that even with three super-stars you still need a solid supporting cast. NY may be much better off with just the two superstars and a very good supporting cast. Different formula to reach the same goal.

  • http://www.wfp.org/ Felix

    Unless they know they can get Williams or Paul, sign Billups then draft his future replacement (Kemba maybe?) Chauncey can slide into the front office/coaching staff after being the starter while his understudy trains up. Reports say he doesn’t mind being a mentor

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Chauncey is more than just “serviceable,” he’s been playing like an All-Star with the Knicks. Plus, young Toney Douglas is playing really well as of late. The Knicks are pretty good at the PG spot already. We need to stop pretending every single superstar is going to come to New York.

  • O

    Man, CP3 is an assist machine. Toney and Chauncy, not so much. I honestly don’t know why they’d sign him to an extension when they could use his expiring contract to sign CP or D-Will when it’s up. I still can’t believe the Pacers did it to us the way they did. No vaseline.

  • monkeyball

    I thought Knicks fans knew by now that the moment you sign a 30-something to a multi-year contract he’ll get injured and get his paycheck while watching from the bench. Billups is great. He’s also 34. Find someone younger to create a solid core with young superstars.

  • http://www.wfp.org/ Felix

    34 not old you guys are huffin buetane. who says you can’t stay fit, be in shape at 34? Ray Allen is a hundred years old (supposedly) HE’S AS FIT AS ANYBODY. Take care of yourself, stay working eat right, stay away from the poison you can be fit way later than 34. f that bs

  • http://www.wfp.org/ Felix

    gtf w your name monkey ball wtf are you tryin to say!

  • King David


  • knicksvet82

    Sign Brock Lesnor! Make it happen, Walsh!

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow


  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    At 6’7″ 315lbs. Your starting center NewwwwwwwYooorrrrkk! BROCK LESNAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRR!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HzI2MRint8 X

    Cosign @Max & @RunNGun. Can’t go wrong with either D-Will or CP3.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    Sign Billups to a cheap contract post 2012, he will come off the bench for D-Will/CP3 and be a mentor.
    Make it happen, Walsh

  • ocanada

    “make it happen walsh” <—- this over used line by chumpNdumber should be banned from the slam site.

  • RunNGun

    @ocanada Don’t be so butt hurt that the Raptors are garbage compared to the Walsh/Dolan-ran Knicks. Before you know it, Bargnani and Derozan will be Knicks. The Knicks will send your Raptors Roger Mason, Renaldo Balkman, and Bill Walker; they’d send you Eddy Curry too but it’s a little too late for that. Make it happen, Walsh!

  • Big Shot

    Billups is as good as Paul or Williams… Keep Chauncey in the point and upgrade the #2 and #5 position and u get a super team… Then we can talk about winning a championship… As simple as that… No rocket science involved…

  • Big Shot

    Almost everyone is itching to have Paul or Williams in NY… These kids don’t have rings… Yes they are accomplished athletes statistically, but when it comes to winning they are inferior to Chauncey… All of you should put in mind that Billups had a championship ring while leading a team of non-stars… Now think, how much more could he do if he is with 2 superstars??? Plus he does not solely rely on his physical capabilities while being successful… Billups is a very intelligent player and a proven true leader… The Knicks front office better recognize that before being tempted to get Paul or Williams. Keep Billups and let him work with Melo and Amar’e then acquire star caliber players on your Shooting Guard and Center positions. That’s the only possible way that The Knicks can bring back the Glory of New York Basketball…. PERIOD…..