Free Agent Chauncey Billups Will Return to Detroit Pistons Under New Coach Mo Cheeks

Five-time NBA All-Star and free agent, Chauncey Billups, has agreed to a two-year $5 Million plus contract, according to Yahoo Sports. Billups, 36, who hopes to finish out his career with the Pistons, will be a mentor for Detroit guard Brandon Knight, and be a rotating guard. Free agent, Chauncey Billups, will return to the Detroit Pistons under new coach Mo Cheeks.

Yahoo Sports reported that Pistons general manager Joe Dumars has long regretted trading Billups to the Denver Nuggets for the expiring contract of Allen Iverson in the 2008-09 season. Now Dumars has brought back Billups with a mandate to nurture and perform for the Pistons.

Billups’ career didn’t take off until he signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons prior to the start of the 2002 season. He quickly earned respect from Pistons fans and colleagues for his tenacious defense and clutch shooting. He helped lead the Pistons to the 2004 NBA championship, averaging 21 points per game and 5.2 assists in the NBA Finals to earn the Finals MVP Award.

Prior to the start of the 2008-09 NBA season, Billups was traded to his hometown Denver Nuggets, the team he followed growing up, for perennial All-Star Allen Iverson. The trade would prove to be arguably the best in Nuggets history because Billups would become the missing piece of the puzzle the Nuggets had always needed. After the trade, the Pistons began a spiral which eventually led to four straight non-playoff seasons.

Billups will now return to the Pistons under new coach Mo Cheeks, where the Pistons hope to capture the winning season they experienced in the 2004 championship series victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

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