Jan 5, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Nick Calathes (12) defends Detroit Pistons shooting guard Chauncey Billups (1) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Pistons decline Chauncey Billups option for next season

The second stint for a Pistons legend has come to an end.

As expected, Pistons officials declined the $2.5 million team option for point guard Chauncey Billups.

Billups, who was rumored to be considered for an assistant job on Flip Saunder’s staff in Minnesota, is still undecided on whether he’ll continue to play next season.

After returning to Detroit to help mentor the current guards on the roster and be a veteran leader, Billups only saw 19 games of action while battling a season ending knee injury.

Mr. Big Shot talked about his future earlier this month with Denver’s 9 News. While keeping it under wraps what his plan was for next season, Billups made it clear that he knows he’s fighting against father time.

The 2004 Finals MVP will always be credited for being one of the best players in Pistons history. Garnering the name Mr. Big Shot for all of his clutch shots during the Pistons playoff runs, Billups signed with the team in the summer of 2002. Billups averaged 17 points and 6 assists per game in his 8 seasons with Detroit.

His 1,097 points in the postseason is sixth all-time in Pistons history. He holds the record for most postseason three pointers made and most free throws in a playoff game.

Billups also holds franchise single season records in free throw percentage (.918 in 07-08).

He is has made the second most three point field goals in Pistons history with 890 treys. Only Joe Dumars has made more shots beyond the arc in Detroit history.

Billups signed a two-year $5 million deal with Detroit last summer.

He averaged just 4 points and two assists during last year’s injury riddled season.

It’s believed that Billups is heavily leaning towards retirement over playing one more year. Despite telling reporters this summer that he feels better than he has the last two seasons.

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