Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A little more than a year ago, the thought of adding a player like point guard Chauncey Billups to the Heat would have generated a lot of interest from most Heat fans. Now, it’s barely even a blip on the radar.
Billups is an unrestricted free agent this summer, but is coming off a torn Achilles tendon that forced him to miss 60 games last season for the Los Angeles Clippers. Still, Billups said he’d like to take another shot at a ring in South Florida.
“Absolutely, I could help them,” Billups told Fox Sports Florida.
But, the Heat doesn’t need to add a 37-year-old point guard like Billups. A couple of years ago, the Heat could probably have utilized Billups, especially on the defensive end of the floor.
The Heat doesn’t have room for Billups on the roster or on the court. The Heat has big game Mario Chalmers and the rapidly developing Norris Cole at the point guard position. Plus, the Heat has Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen at the two guard in a great rotation between the two stars.
Billups is likely only the first veteran who believes they could come to Miami and make a difference. Any veteran that does want to opt-in though would likely have to take the veteran minimum contract if offered a spot by the Heat.