Chauncey Billups has not appeared in more than 22 games in a season since 2010-11, but he still believes he can contribute to an NBA team. Billups told Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders that he not only wants to play next season, but play for a team with championship hopes.
“Of course, winning [is the biggest factor]. I’ve always considered myself to be a winner." Billups said. "I want to play for something; I don’t just want to play, I want to play to win. That’s the number one criteria – a team that has championship aspirations. And not just a team that’s saying it, but a team that could possibly do it.
Billups spent last season with the Detroit Pistons, but was limited to only 19 games by injuries. After the season, the team declined to pick up his option, making him a free agent.
At 37, Billups' NBA career will be soon be over, and he told Kennedy that once he's through playing, he would like to go into broadcasting, or perhaps take a front office role.
The market for free agent point guards this year is not particularly strong. Kyle Lowry was the best option available, but he opted to re-sign with the Raptors.
- Jack Jorgensen