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Pistons not renewing Chauncey Billups' contract

Detroit Pistons: Team not renewing contract of veteran NBA guard Chauncey Billups, 37
Posted on June 30, 2014 at 7:52 p.m.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons say they won’t pick up the team option on Chauncey Billups’ contract for the 2014-15 season.

Coach Stan van Gundy says Monday’s announcement was a hard one. He says the 37-year-old guard “will always be a valued member of the Detroit Pistons’ family.”

Owner Tom Gores says Billups has shown “leadership, dedication and excellence both on and off the court” and says he’s confident Billups will have “a long and bright future” in the league after his playing days are over.

Boston drafted Billups out of Colorado in 1997. He played for Detroit from 2002-2008 and again in 2013.

Billups also has played for Denver, Orlando, Toronto, Minnesota, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers.




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 Detroit Pistons' President/Head Coach Stan Van Gundy, center, introduces new team members, DJ Augustin, left, and Caron Butler during a press conference introducing the team's free agent acquisitions at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Mich. Detroit introduced D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler at a news conference Tuesday after signing the two free agents. The 6-foot-7 Butler played 56 games last season for Milwaukee and Oklahoma City, averaging 10.5 points and shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. Augustin was waived by Toronto early last season, but the 26-year-old point guard caught on with Chicago and averaged 13.1 points for the season. He shot 40 percent from beyond the arc.  (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

Updated on July 16, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.
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