Report: PG Chauncey Billups has opportunities on and off the court
Unrestricted free agent Chauncey Billups hasn't decided whether he's ready to retire ever since the Pistons decided last week not to pick up a $2.5 million team option for next year on the formal Finals MVP, but the veteran point guard does have opportunities as a player, coach, front office executive and with the media, according to an interview with Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders.com.
Billups, who won an NBA championship with the Pistons in 2004, will turn 38 before next season and appeared in just 19 games last year, averaging 16 minutes per, both career lows for the five-time All-Star selected No. 3 overall in the 1997 draft.
But he said "there's a lot going on right now" in terms of his opportunities both on and off the court:
"Obviously, I have several options; I have some front office opportunities, some coaching opportunities, some media opportunities and also some playing opportunities. There’s a lot going on right now.”
He said he hasn't felt this good in two or three years since he suffered an Achilles injury. Theoretically he could return to a contender on a veteran's minimum contract but he said he's only going to return if the situation is right:
"I’m not going to play just to play. I have nothing left to prove and I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish playing basketball, so it would take the right situation for me to play."