Last year veteran point guard Chauncey Billups had to leave his hometown of Denver, where he had expected to retire, when he and Carmelo Anthony were traded to the New York Knicks from the Denver Nuggets. The 35-year-old was expecting to make $14.2 million this season and perhaps help the Knicks become a powerhouse since fellow stars Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire would have more time to jell.
The word from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears is that Billups will be put on amnesty waivers in order to make room for the four-year, $58 million contract it is close to finalizing with center Tyson Chandler, who helped the Dallas Mavericks win a championship last season. While Dallas would like to keep him, Yahoo! Sports points out that the Mavs are saving their cash for next summer for when Deron Williams and Dwight Howard are scheduled to become free agents.
Billups is not happy. "He's irate under the circumstances," his agent, Andy Miller, said, according to Yahoo! "He felt this would be his final destination, and he was promised that he would be playing for a team that was going to be competing for the playoffs. He has no intention of being open-minded about any possible situation where a team would claim him off waivers unless it's a team he chooses himself. Buyer beware."
On Thursday night, Billups headed back to Denver without the approval of the Knicks, according to the New York Post.