Chauncey Billups has a rough road ahead of him if he wants to make it back to playing professional basketball as the 35-year-old will need to recover from a season-ending Achilles injury before anything else happens. Even if he's able to get healthy again at this age, though, he'll have to prove he's worth another NBA contract considering he'll be a free agent following this season.
Billups didn't address the issue of free agency when talking to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday, but he did promise he'd be back once he's healthy.
"I will be back," Billups told Yahoo! Sports by phone. "I'm not done. I'm not retiring. I will definitely be back. This has been the story of my career, coming back, fighting, scrapping and I will play again."
It seems that things would be quite a bit easier for Billups if he'd simply decide to retire and find a job coaching somewhere behind an NBA bench, but that obviously isn't in the plans. Instead he'll face an uphill battle as he tries to recover from a serious leg injury at an advanced age.
It isn't going to be easy for Billups, but he deserves to do whatever it is he thinks he can handle ... hopefully free agency isn't too much of a bummer next summer.