March 17, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chauncey Billups (1) controls the ball against the New York Knicks during the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Could Chauncey Billups return?

As the New York Knicks continue to look for offseason options to improve their team for next season, a familiar name has surfaced on the radar.

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is trying to convince Chauncey Billups to rejoin the club.

May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chauncey Billups (1) shoots a free throw in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

However while it would be exciting to see Billups return to the Knicks, that’s something I wouldn’t count on happening as I can’t see any way that Billups would agree to a veterans minimum deal, especially with the team that made a mistake by letting him go.

Their salary problems continue to prevent the Knicks from being able to add quality pieces to a team whose window is closing for a chance at a championship. And it is almost comical that they have interest in a guy who had they handled properly, they may not be in such a bad financial situation, where they had to pay $9,962,406 in luxury tax.

Billups spent a short stint with the Knicks in 2011 after coming over from the Denver Nuggets in the Carmelo Anthony trade. But instead of buying Billups out for $3.7 million, they elected to exercise a team option for $14.2 million.

He never played a minute of that contract as the Knicks foolishly used their amnesty clause on Billups’ one-year salary so they could sign Tyson Chandler.

Since then, the Knicks have collected several huge contracts that would have made more sense to use their amnesty clause on, most notable the $40 million left on Amar’e Stoudemire’s contract.

But being that the Knicks rushed to use their amnesty on Billups, the Knicks are in the situation that they are in right now.

The Knicks could use a veteran backup point guard with leadership skills such as Billups, especially since Jason Kidd retired to become the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, but they won’t get Billups or someone of equal value for the veteran minimum.

When you look back at how things have played out the past couple of years, one of the biggest mistakes the Knicks made was using their amnesty clause on Billups.

It’s safe to say that they are paying for that now.

I wouldn’t count on seeing Billups return to the Big Apple any time soon.

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