Chauncey Billups Hired by ESPN to Become NBA Studio Analyst

Chauncey Billups didn’t remain on the unemployment line long. The 17-year NBA veteran will join ESPN as part of the network’s basketball coverage, per Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.

“With my experience and passion for the game, I think I can spark interest with viewers,” Billups said. “I think I have a unique perspective.”      

Deitsch added, “Billups will start in the studio but said he has interest long-term in learning how to be an analyst on game broadcasts. He is based in Denver and will travel to Bristol throughout the season.”

In early September, Billups announced he was retiring from the game after a disappointing season with the Detroit Pistons. He appeared in 19 games in 2013-14, averaging 3.8 points and 2.2 assists over 16.3 minutes a night.

“It’s just time. I know when it’s time,” he said, per Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears. “My mind and my desire is still strong. I just can’t ignore the fact that I haven’t been healthy for three years.”

Billups played on seven different teams during his career and was named to the All-Star team on five occasions. Nearly the majority of his career was spent with the Pistons, with whom he appeared in 482 contests and averaged 16.5 points and 6.2 assists a game.

He helped the franchise win an NBA title in 2004, during which he won Finals MVP.

Many expected Billups to stick around the NBA after his playing career was over. In June, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders might consider the veteran point guard for his staff:

Around that time, Billups also told Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy that becoming a general manager intrigued him, in addition to possibly working an NBA analyst:

Billups talked about his future with Deitsch.

“I’m the kind of guy who has to be two feet in if I am going to give my best effort so broadcasting is something I looking at long-term,” he said. “This is what I want to do and the avenue I want to take. At the moment, I’m not thinking about working in an NBA front office or coaching or anything else. I’m thinking about being the best I can be at ESPN in the studio.”

Mark Jackson and Steve Kerr are two of the more recent examples of former players who turned broadcasting roles into head-coaching and/or front-office gigs with NBA teams.

Billups could be the next to make the jump.

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Boston Celtics: if Chauncey Billups had stayed

After 17 years in the league, Chauncey Billups is saying goodbye to the NBA. It’s been 17 years since the five-time All-Star was drafted 3rd overall by the Boston Celtics, and after all this time, we are left with the questions of what could have been.
When Billups was drafted back in 1997, Rick Pitino was at the helm of the Boston Green. It became clear in just 51 games that the Colorado native didn’t fit into Pitino’s system, and GM Jan Volk sent the young guard to Toronto for All-Star Kenny Anderson at the trade deadline. Billups does not think fondly of his short time in Boston, something he made clear years after he left.
“”That didn’t help,” said Billups. “That didn’t give me a chance to really slow down and listen to myself, listen to the game and what’s going on. I never really had that chance. It was a recipe for disaster there.”
Billups didn’t get along well with Pitino, and Celtics coaching staff never quite figured out if Billups was a point guard or shooting guard. Though

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‘Mr. Big Shot’ Chauncey Billups calls it a career

The 2004 NBA Finals MVP announced his retirement on Tuesday evening, ending a 17-year NBA career.



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Chauncey Billups Retires with 5th-Best Free-Throw Percentage in NBA History

According to Yahoo Sports, guard Chauncey Billups is retiring from the NBA after 17 seasons.

Now set to hang up his kicks, the man known as Mr. Big Shot will finish his career with the fifth-best free-throw percentage (89.40) in league history, per

He sits behind Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (90.4 percent), Mark Price (90.4), Rick Barry (90.0) and Peja Stojakovic (89.5), just a smidgen ahead of free-agent shooting guard Ray Allen (89.39), who still has time to make up the difference.

Now known for his leadership, clutch shooting and ability to play both guard spots, Billups came into the league as an excellent free-throw shooter, but didn’t really find himself as a player until landing with the Detroit Pistons in 2002.

The Boston Celtics’ third overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft, Billups bounced from the Celtics to the Toronto Raptors to the Denver Nuggets to the Minnesota Timberwolves, before finally calling Detroit—his fifth stop in the NBA—home.

Viewed by many as a potential Hall of Famer, the 37-year-old guard would be an oddity in basketball’s Springfield, Mass., shrine, having played for seven different teams.

Of course, Billups’ candidacy largely depends on his first stint with the Pistons, which lasted from 2002 to 2008.

During that time, he won a championship and NBA Finals MVP (2004), also making the first three (2006-08) of five consecutive All-Star Game appearances. He was named to the All-Defensive second team for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, with an All-NBA second team nod in 2005-06, plus All-NBA third team honors in 2006-07 and 2008-09, albeit with the second of those seasons spent largely with the Nuggets.’s Hall of Fame Probability statistic estimates that Billups has a 20.5 percent chance of being elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame.

Such a stat seems to understate his real chances, but the measure is typically excellent, as described here in further detail.

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Chauncey Billups retires after 17 NBA seasons: ‘It’s just time’

The 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Chauncey Billups, is retiring after 17 NBA seasons. Billups became an unrestricted free agent when the Detroit Pistons declined the second year of a contract option that would have paid him $2.5 million next season. The five-time All-Star has missed 185 games over the past three seasons and decided it was time to retire just before his 38th birthday. “It’s just time. I know when it’s time,” Billups told Yahoo Sports. “My mind and my desire is still strong. I just can’t ignore the fact that I haven’t been healthy for three years. I can try again and get to a point where I think I can go, but I just can’t sustain. Me not being able to play the way that I can play, that’s when you kind of know it’s that time. “It’s just time. I’m happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me. I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process.” Billups was the thi

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NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Chauncey Billups, Greg Monroe and More

The days of refreshing Twitter feeds every five seconds to check on the latest NBA free-agent news are long behind us this offseason, but there are still some moves to be made. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to round out the roster, the Detroit Pistons are still stuck in Greg Monroe purgatory and the Chicago Bulls are looking to bolster their depth as well. With all that in mind, let’s take a more in-depth look at the latest rumors from around the league.


Greg Monroe

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News provided an update on the Monroe situation:

While the Pistons big man has not pursued an offer sheet from another team, he has pursued sign-and-trade possibilities, and Monroe is ‘definitely’ willing to take the one-year qualifying offer worth $5.3 million from Detroit in order to ensure his unrestricted free agency next summer, a source familiar with Monroe’s thinking told The Detroit News.

Interestingly, Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today noted that Monroe had two max offers on the table this offseason but turned them down. The reasoning was that he assumed Detroit would match any offers, which would force him to be a Piston long term.

This is certainly a risk from Monroe’s perspective, but he has an eye on his future. As long as he stays healthy this season, he could be set for a big payday next summer with the freedom to sign wherever he prefers. 

Monroe’s durability—he’s missed just one of his last 310 contests—makes this gamble a bit safer. There is a precedent in place for Monroe to stay on the court, and if that precedent continues, he will reap the benefits soon.


Chauncey Billups 

Jared Zwerling of NBA TV filled fans in on the latest regarding Chauncey Billups:

If Billups, who turns 38 before the season starts, is going to sign anywhere, it makes sense that he would look toward Cleveland. Outside of his relationship with assistant coach Tyronn Lue, Billups sports a 38.7 percent mark on his career from behind the three-point line, and LeBron James’ presence alone means he will be chucking up open jumpers all season.

James attracts so much defensive attention anytime he penetrates that there are shooters open every time.

What’s more, the Cavaliers are definitely on the short list of NBA title contenders. That probably matters to Billups at the twilight stage of his career, and he would provide veteran leadership for a team that is loaded with young talent. 

Remember, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love (presuming Love is a Cav this year) have played in a combined zero playoff games. Billups’ experience and postseason mettle would prove critical in tight contests with the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the line for a team that needs to quickly learn how to win under the bright lights.


E’Twaun Moore

In a rumor that is possibly connected to the Billups situation, Mary Stevens of NBC’s Sports Talk Florida updated fans on the latest with E’Twaun Moore:

Moore is a solid piece, but Cleveland seems to have its eyes on Billups and perhaps even Ray Allen. The Chicago Bulls, likely impressed with Moore’s versatility, ball-handling skills, consistency from deep (35.4 percent from downtown last year) and ability to play both guard positions, seem to have swooped in.

Of course, the fact that Moore is still only 25 years old probably helps his case as well.

The Bulls are looking to add depth behind a potential starting lineup of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. They have more talent than anyone in the Eastern Conference this side of Cleveland with that starting five alone, and Tom Thibodeau has Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic, Tony Snell and Aaron Brooks at his disposal off the bench.

Adding Moore to the mix would give Chicago yet another solid defender who can keep the starters fresh throughout the year with productive minutes off the bench.

Noah discussed the Bulls recently, via Nick Friedell of

It’s hard to say because a lot of things have to go your way to win a championship and I understand that. But I know that it’s a long grind; right now, to win a championship, you have to take it step by step. You have to be focused. You have to be healthy, you have to have good team chemistry, so there’s a lot of factors. I think [the front office] put together a good core. And now, the only thing left to do is get to work and see how far we can take it. 

It’s not hard to see why Moore would want to be a part of that.


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Cavaliers Rumors: Chauncey Billups works out for Cleveland

Without a doubt, the Cleveland Cavaliers are making the biggest moves in the 2014 offseason.  Led by the free agent signing of native son LeBron James and now rumored to have a deal in place for acquiring All-Star forward Kevin Love.  Plus they signed Mike Miller and still may get Ray Allen to reunite with LeBron in Cleveland.  But the Cavaliers are insatiable, looking for any way to improve their title chances, as they are now looking at signing veteran point guard Chauncey Billups.Photo by Dave Hogg via Wikimedia CommonsMarc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported earlier this week that Billups worked out for the Cavs and did quite well in the workout.Chauncey Billups shot the ball very well in workout with Cavs & looked like he could still be a productive despite some rust, sources said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 7, 2014Billups will be entering his 18th year in the league in 2014-2015, and at 38 years old (by the start of the season) he won’t exactly be in his p…

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Pistons not renewing Chauncey Billups’ contract (Yahoo Sports)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons say they won’t pick up the team option on Chauncey Billups’ contract for the 2014-15 season.

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Pistons Choosing Between Chauncey Billups, Rodney Stuckey At Starting SG

So much for Chauncey Billups’ prediction that he’ll be the Pistons starting point guard in 2013.
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks will choose between Billups or Rodney Stuckey at the shooting guard position.
Cheeks could change his mind, but he said he is a “veteran’s coach.”
Cheeks reserved the right to change his mind, but said either Billups or Stuckey will get nod opening night. Says he is a “veterans coach.”
— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) October 8, 2013

Brandon Jennings of course will man the point for Detroit, and the two guard spot should eventually go to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

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Why Chauncey Billups’ return to Motown is so important

Chauncey Billups is one of the most beloved figures in Detroit Pistons history. His first stint with the Pistons from 2002-2008 was filled with big shots, Division titles and an NBA title in which he won Finals MVP.
In 2008, Billups was traded away in a deal that sent him to Denver in exchange for Allen Iverson, a trade that the Pistons have been reeling from ever since. It was a devastating trade that crippled the franchise and caused nothing but grief for both sides involved.
Since the trade, Billups has hopped around the league, at a rate similar to early in his career, and injuries have really dampened his games played and overall production–which was tremendously consistent in Detroit.
The Pistons, since the trade, have been the NBA’s face for futility and have also seen attendance numbers drop to its worst in 30 years (last season ranked 28th out of 30 NBA teams).
This offseason when I seen Billups’ deal with the Clippers was coming to an end, I thought, “can Joe Dumars salvag…

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