By: Jonas Lawson
This season marks the ten year anniversary of the Detroit Pistons championship team, Rasheed Wallace was brought back as an assistant coach this week and now the Pistons have solidified the reunion, signing Chauncey Billups to a two-year contract.
The deal will pay Billups $2.5 million in the first year, and $2.5 million in the second year with a team option. Billups was brought back as a mentor for second year point guard Brandon Knight.
“Brandon is going through a lot of the same struggles I went through when I arrived in the league and I can show him how to handle the pressure,” Billups said.
Chauncey hopes to finish his career in the place where he found the most success.
“The pressure at this stage in my career to chase rings is high, but I believe this is the right place for me.”
Pistons General Manager Joe Dumars said the two talked over Christmas last season.
“After trading Chauncey to Denver in the way that we did, we understood that the relationship might be strained.”
Dumars has long regretted trading Billups for the expiring contract of Allen Iverson in the 2008-09 and a lot of the fans haven’t forgotten the day either.
“I hope we can pick up where we left off, the fans in the place are the best I’ve played in front of,” Billups said
Billups will turn 37 before the season starts and says he still has a lot left in the tank. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon in February of 2012 while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. After rehabbing for 11 months, doctors have cleared him to play. Billups will likely play 15-20 minutes per game and also shift over to the two-guard position. His shooting will help spread the floor for Pistons forwards Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
Jonas Lawson is a recent graduate of Hope College and a lifelong Detroit Pistons fan, through the good times and the bad. For insight on the Pistons and everything NBA, follow @JALaw34 on Twitter.