Clips await Chauncey Billups' arrival

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
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By Ramona Shelburne, ESPNLosAngeles.com:


PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Clippers expect point guard Chauncey Billups to arrive in Los Angeles on Wednesday, despite threats from Billups' agent that he might retire if he was claimed off waivers by a team he did not want to join.

"He'll be here tomorrow, we're making plane reservations right now," Clippers general manager Neil Olshey said. "I think with Chauncey, he really wanted to control the process. So it's been hard for him. He's a Hall of Fame level player. He's won championships.

"But he understands that we had to do what was in the best interest of the organization, and now, not unlike Sam Cassell or Marcus Camby a few years back, it's our job to kind to kind of recruit him and indoctrinate him into our culture and get him excited about this team."


A source close to the situation told ESPNLosAngeles.com that Billups was "upset" after being claimed by the team, but "he'll be OK. It's just going to take some time."


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