Eye of the Hurricane

April 27, 2011

Billups Retained by Knicks

Filed under: NBA — eadeutsch @ 3:44 pm
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The New York Knicks are reportedly picking up the option to keep Chauncey Billups in New York.  The retention of Billups will cost New York $14.2 million.

Billups will be 35 years old at the start of the 2011-12 season, and the investment in the veteran point guard is a risk by the Knicks front office, who visibly have no plan b in terms of picking up a less expensive guard before next season.

Billups is only signed through the end of next season, so the Knicks may look to deal for a point guard, or trade up in next year’s draft to get a point guard who can run a team featuring two premier players in Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.

Billups averaged nearly 17 points per game this season, as well as averaged over five assists  per game.  If he can retain these numbers next year, the Knicks may be in the position to break into the top half of the conference standings.

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