When Chauncey Billups learned the Knicks would use the amnesty clause on him, he warned potential bidders that he might retire rather than be forced to play for a team not of his choosing. The Clippers still rolled the dice, one day before completing the trade for Chris Paul.
Now, after one exciting preseason game sharing the backcourt with CP3, Billups is suddenly open to sticking around when he becomes a free agent this summer.
"I'm not going to worry about that until the summer," he said after practice at the team's training facility. "But I want to be in a situation where guys are ready to win. Not just win the regular season, but win in the playoffs. We'll see how this thing shapes up, but if we continue with the mentality that we have and players keep getting better, this maybe the opportunity that's best for me."
Billups is ranked No. 17 on SB Nation's list of the NBA's Top 65 free agents of 2012.