As the days go by, it becomes more and more unlikely that veteran sharpshooter Ray Allen comes back for a final season to join the Cleveland Cavaliers. But there may be another veteran guard joining Cleveland’s roster this offseason, on top of three-point specialists James Jones and Mike Miller, who were both officially signed on Wednesday. According to Waiting For Next Year, five-time All-Star Chauncey Billups visited with the Cavs on Tuesday, just another veteran that could possibly call Cleveland home this offseason.
The WFNY report included that Chauncey Billups met with Cavaliers head assistant coach Tyronn Lue, general manager David Griffin and head coach David Blatt on Tuesday. Billups is a 17-year veteran who spent the past season with the Detroit Pistons. Although injuries have hampered court time for the standout Detroit floor general over the past few seasons, Billups believes that he will be able to come back this season and make an impact with a playoff-contending team.
After suffering through injury-riddled seasons with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers before joining the Pistons once again last season, Chauncey Billups still struggled during his 2013-14 campaign. Billups played 19 games with the Pistons, averaging 3.8 points, 2.2 assists and 1.5 rebounds, but shot just 30.4 percent from the field. With Miller and Jones officially on the Cavs roster, Cleveland now has 16 players competing for a spot on the opening day roster. That means that a Chauncey Billups signing would be delayed for a bit until the Cavaliers make some more moves to free up space.
Although Billups would bring veteran presence to the Cavs, his injury troubles over the past few seasons and his major decline in production doesn’t make this signing a favorable one compared to bringing in a guy like Ray Allen.