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Clippers Land Chauncey Billups With Winning Amnesty Bid

The Los Angeles Clippers offered the winning bid in the amnesty auction for Chauncey Billups. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news; ESPN's Marc Stein later reported that all 30 teams were notified of the Clippers' winning bid just after Billups' waivers were set to expire at 6 p.m. ET.

The New York Knicks placed Billups on amnesty waivers on Saturday to make room for a Tyson Chandler sign-and-trade deal. Billups was reportedly angered; he and his agent Andy Miller made it clear that they were not happy with the situation, and the veteran guard threatened retirement if any team picked him up off of waivers. If he had cleared waivers, he could have become an unrestricted free agent. The Miami Heat were said to be pushing hard for him.

The Clippers, who reportedly abandoned the Chris Paul chase on Monday, have Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe at point guard. We shall soon see if Billups was bluffing about retirement.