It appeared not too long ago that Jose Calderon might be returning in the guard spot for the Detroit Pistons. But as the offers kept going to Calderon, who eventually signed with the Dallas Mavericks, the Pistons looked elsewhere.
That brought Chauncey Billups into the picture.
The Pistons realize it was going to be too much to keep Calderon. They reached out to Will Bynum to keep him around and then looked for someone they could get for the short term. Billups signed for two years and also gave the Pistons a veteran player at the guard spot to be a mentor of sorts to Brandon Knight and first-round draft pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
While Billups may be slightly past his prime and doesn’t have the physical talents Calderon possesses, it’s probably a better situation for the Pistons. Billups is obviously a fan favorite and still has two solid NBA years in front of him in the twilight of his career. The Pistons have lacked a true consistent outside shooter since Billups left. Knight or Caldwell-Pope could handle that role this season, although Billups will gladly fill in, if necessary.
Calderon never seemed to fit into the Pistons scheme of things when he came to the club last season. For awhile, it appeared the Pistons would need him. Now that Billups is back, the Pistons seem to be all set, at least for now. The key for Billups will be to stay healthy. Because of his age, that’s something that might be more challenging for Billups than his previous Pistons’ days.