The Denver Nuggets management dodged the bullet last month when they added Chauncey Billups and his $13.15 million contract in Carmelo Anthony deal.
And rumor had it that the New York Knicks were going to pick up Billups $14.2 million option next season (which the Nuggets weren’t going to do).
However, with the Knicks recent struggles there are some doubts in New York on if they will follow through with their original idea. New York may instead decide to buyout Billups for $3.7 million – which Denver was planning to do.
And if that is the case, the Knicks could rework a contract with Billups or he could leave and sign with another a team. If that is the case, there is no doubt the Nuggets and the Miami Heat would be at the top of his list.
With Miami, Billups would be the missing piece for the Heat with his leadership at the point guard and his clutch shooting down the stretch, which Miami is severely lacking.
However, he also could decide to return home to Denver and help the reinvented Nuggets squad make a run in the playoffs. But if Billups were to return to Denver he would have to accept a completely different role. He wouldn’t be able to reacquire the Nuggets starting point guard and at his age (34-year-old) he may be more successful moving from the point guard position to shooting guard and also be more valuable off the bench.
Billups would be an ideal sixth man, since he could play both backcourt positions. He could spell Ty Lawson at point guard and also step in and spend some time at shooting guard.
The question is who would you rather have/trust coming off the bench. An old, veteran guard who is known for his big shot or a very talented guard like JR Smith, who can get hot one day and cold the next.