Chauncey Billups had indeed arrived in LA. Coach Vinney Del Negro said that he had spoken with him and he was excited about the opportunity to play with the Clippers. He will have his physical and a dinner meeting with Vinney. After that we should expect him to be on the practice floor as soon as possible.
The Los Angeles Clippers raided the NY Knicks by placing the winning big for amnesty player, Chauncey Billups, who was waived by the NY Knicks. The Knicks were to have paid him over 14 Mil this season and the Clippers engaged his services for a mere 2 Mil. What a deal!
Chauncey Billups is a 5 time All Star who many would think should be washed up by now at age 35. Last season Billups went for 17ppg and 5.4 assists while shooting a hefty 43% from the field and 40% from the 3. It just so happens that last years numbers surpass his career numbers. It could be that Billups is just like a fine wine and is getting better with age. Important for Clippers fans is that Chauncey's nickname is Mr Big Shot, because he has a history of being willing to take the big shot down the stretch and hitting game winners. This is an area that has been sorely lacking for the Clips in recent years.
This pick up softens the blow in case the Clippers do not get Chris Paul. On the other hand, if the trade for Paul does go through and Eric Bledsoe is included in the deal, the Clippers would still have two viable PG's in Billups and Mo Williams. It is interesting to note that Billups scoring and shooting percentages can be compared to Chris Paul's numbers last year. But as a playmaker, Paul is superior and has a lot more assists. Not to mention that Paul is 10 years younger than Billups. Either way, Paul would be a 2 year rental while Billups is one year rental.
It was a big Monday for the Clippers as they also matched the offer the Warriors made for the services of DeAndre Jordan. A four year deal at over 10Mil per season would on the surface seem to be much for a 23 year Center who only average 7ppg while starting most of the games last season. Moreover, DJ is one of the most embarrasing free throw shooters in the history of the game. Teams were starting to employ the Hack a Shaq on DJ late in games prompting the coach to have to pull him from the game at times. Let's hope that DJ was shooting 1000 free throws a day during the off season.
On the other hand, DJ is a monster rebounder, shot blocker, and can also finish on the break. His slam dunks are more like Power Slams. The earth shakes. At age 23, he has not only made steady progress each season in the league, but figures to continue to improve.
At the end of last season we started to see DJ score in ways other than the Slam. He hit a few jump hooks and utilized other spin moves scoring off the glass down low. If he can continue to develop that offensive side of his game he has the chance to become the complete player that would deserve the contract he just received.
aka Don Allen