The “New York Daily News” reported Wednesday afternoon that the New York Knicks have picked up the club option on veteran point guard Chauncey Billups assuring that the starter will be back with the club next season. Billups will receive a reported $14.2 million for th upcoming campaign. He came to New York back in February in the blockbuster deal that also brought the Knicks Carmelo Anthony while they gave up an array of young talented players to the Denver Nuggets.
Billups, who will turn 35 years old this September just completed his fourteenth season in the Association. He was drafted with the number three selection in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics but was traded midway through the campaign. He would become a journeyman for the next few seasons before finding a home with the Detroit Pistons. He was a key player the season that the Pistons won the NBA Title and was named MVP of the NBA Finals.
Billups would be traded a couple of seasons ago to Denver as Detroit acquired Allen Iverson. Billups would help turn around the Nuggets fortunes and the following season would help the Nuggets make it to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers. The veteran has averaged 15,5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds for his career.