Detroit Pistons’ Chauncey Billups’ Disappointing Season Could Lead To New Role
Take a flashback to July 16, of last year. The Detroit Pistons put a deal in place to bring back the beloved Chauncey Billups for two more seasons. He wasn’t signed to be an incredibly impactful player. Instead, the plan was to use Billups as a veteran presence in the locker room who was capable of guiding a young team in need of some direction while also adding some depth to the point guard position.
The season is only 55 games old and it already appears to be nearing its end for the former All-Star. It was announced just a couple of days ago that Billups would need surgery to repair his right meniscus. Thus far, Billups has played in just 19 games for Detroit. While reports state that a return this season is likely, I would bet that another on-court appearance has a slim chance of occurring due to his recent injury history. While the addition of the former Pistons star brought a nostalgic feeling t0 Detroit fans, it may not prove to be beneficial for the future success of this squad.
Detroit has a team option on Billups for next season and they would be wise to fully consider which direction to choose. If he can prove to be a reliable backup, then picking up that option would be a good move. However, if any injury issues are still lingering, a release should be discussed that could also lead to bringing back Billups in a coaching type of role.
His knowledge of the game of basketball is quite extensive and Billups has the ability to contribute whether its on or off of the court.