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Chauncey Billups Announces Retirement

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Chauncey Billups, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

"It's just time. I'm happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me," Billups told Yahoo! Sports. "I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process."

Billups played 17 seasons in the NBA for seven different teams, including playing for the Detroit Pistons from 2002-08 and winning a title in 2004.

The 37-year-old averaged 15.2 points, 5.4 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game throughout his career. Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1997, Billups also played for the Pistons, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Billups rejoined the Pistons this past season, averaging 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in only 19 games.

Detroit announced in June that they would not be picking up his option for the 2014-15 season.

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ESPN: Detroit Pistons Sign Chauncey Billups 

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  Chauncey Billups will return to the Detroit Pistons, a source confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.

Detroit will sign Billups to a two-year deal.  The first season of Billups' contract is guaranteed -- for $2.5 million in 2013-14.

The 36-year-old Billups played for the Pistons from 2002-2008 before he was traded to the Denver Nuggets.  Billups led the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title, winning NBA Finals MVP in the process.

Billups has only played in 42 games over the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers because of various injuries.

He holds career averages of 15.4 and 5.5 assists in 16 seasons with the Pistons, Nuggets, Clippers, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, and New York Knicks.

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Chauncey Billups Says Blake Griffin Needs to Play Tough

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free agent point guard Chauncey Billups says Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is too much of a Mr. Nice Guy.

Billups spent this past season with the Clippers, and while appearing on ESPN's First Take, Billups talked about Griffin's mentality on the court.

"I don't agree that Blake Griffin is soft. But what I will say about Blake is that he's maybe too nice of a guy," Billups said. "Because there's been times in games where people take shots at Blake. And I tell him, 'If that's me, you're going to have to take this two-or-three game suspension, and I'm going to punish somebody.'"

In his third NBA season, Griffin averaged 18 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Despite his production, his points and rebounds per game have gone down each year since his rookie season in 2010-2011.

The Clippers won a franchise-record 56 games this past season, but were still eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Lin Leads Four Players in Bird rights

New York Knicks/NBA(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin along with teammate Steve Novak, the Portland Trail Blazers' J.J. Hickson, and the Los Angeles Clippers' Chauncey Billups secured Bird rights and early Bird rights in a hearing between the NBA players' association and the league on Friday.

The Bird rights enable their respective teams to go over salary caps in order to re-sign them.  The move first came into play with the Boston Celtics and their star Larry Bird.

"Bird and early Bird rights are the lynchpin of our Soft Cap system, and we're pleased that Professor Dam recognized that a player does not forfeit these important rights unless he makes an affirmative decision to sign with a new team as a free agent," NBPA executive director Billy Hunter said in a statement released by the players' union. "Players fought hard for a Collective Bargaining Agreement that allows maximum flexibility for free-agent players while also permitting teams to retain their core free agents, and today's decision affirms both of these important principles."

The NBA said they will appeal the ruling.

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Anthony Davis, James Harden Added to Team USA Training Camp

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- With Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose suffering a torn ACL and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard undergoing back surgery, Team USA needed to add players to fill out their Olympic roster. Replacing the two all-stars will be former Kentucky center Anthony Davis and Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden.

Team USA has been rocked by a series of injuries to some of the NBA's best players. Along with Rose and Howard, guard Chauncey Billups and LaMarcus Aldridge will be unable to compete in the Olympic games as well. Harden and Davis will be added to a pool of players vying to represent the United States at London this summer.

"After a lot of deliberations, after reviewing our rosters, we think these two additions strengthen our National Team program immeasurably," USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo said. "James Harden probably is the sixth man of the year, and Anthony Davis brings a dimension to our pool we don't have. He's young, but it's exciting to think about the possibilities."

This past season, Harden averaged 16.8 points per game with the Thunder, while Davis averaged 14.3 points and 10 rebounds per game as a freshman at the University of Kentucky this past season.

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Billups Will Miss Remainder Of Season With Torn Achilles

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Clippers will be without guard Chauncey Billups for the remainder of the season after he tore his left Achilles tendon in Monday night’s overtime victory against the Orlando Magic.

The 14-year NBA veteran suffered the injury in the fourth quarter, when he fell down to the ground untouched after he tried to run up the court following a missed three-pointer.

Billups was claimed off waivers by the Clippers this past off-season, after the New York Knicks released him to make room for center Tyson Chandler. He was averaging 14.9 points and 4.0 assists this season.

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Clippers Get Best of Lakers in First NBA Preseason Game

National Basketball Association(LOS ANGELES) -- Yes, it's only the first preseason game between the Clippers and Lakers but for one night, Los Angeles is a Clipper town.

The Los Angeles Clippers (1-0) bounced the Los Angeles Lakers (1-0), 114-95 on Monday night at the Staples Center.

Newly acquired guard Chris Paul put up 17 points in the first of two preseason games against the Lakers before the regular season tips off on Christmas Day.

Another new face, Chauncey Billups topped Paul and scored a team high of 23 in the rout.

Kobe Bryant scored 22 points for the Lakers in less than 30 minutes of play.

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Clippers Grab Point Guard Chauncey Billups from Waivers

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- If Chris Paul does indeed wind up with the Clippers, he'll have some company at the point guard position. The team has acquired Chauncey Billups after the New York Knicks placed him on waivers.

 The Clippers are taking a bit of a risk with this move, and Billups had threatened to retire if any team claimed him. If Billups had hit the open market he would have garnered strong interest from multiple contending teams.

"There's going to be some work to do," Clippers general manager Neil Olshey said. "I think Chauncey would've like to control the process, but unfortunately we have to do what's best for our team. I think once he gets here and sees the resources we have, meets the guys and sees what kind of team we have, hopefully we can do the same thing with him as we were able to do with Sam [Cassell] and Marcus Camby."

Last season the 25-year old Billups averaged 16.8 points and 5.4 assists per game for the Knicks and Denver Nuggets.

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