Chauncey Billups, who has no intention of retiring, said he anticipates being fully healthy at the start of next season.
Billups wants to play two more seasons, but it's not clear if the Clippers plan to re-sign him. A year removed from Achilles surgery, Billups is just not the player he used to be. "This year was a really, really tough year for me personally," he said.
Matt Barnes said that he'd like to re-sign with the Clippers.
"Chris and I have seen each other a few times after the season and that's something we've discussed," Barnes said on the radio, referring to Chris Paul. "I'm going to sit down and talk to my family and see where the market's at." Although Barnes would like to return, he may leave the team if he finds a multi-year offer elsewhere to his liking. This is the second time Barnes has hinted Paul will re-sign, and while that's the expectation, CP3 hasn't come right out and said it. Interestingly, Barnes also said that he's "not sure" if Vinny Del Negro will be head coach next year.
A Clippers official reportedly told HoopsHype that "This is Chris's roster" in regards to Paul's impending free agency.
It wouldn't be the first time we've heard that CP3 has definitive sway in the front office. The overwhelming expectation remains that Paul will re-sign with the Clippers, but the point guard said he'd take his time during the offseason and do what was best for his future. It would be a surprise to see him bolt the Clippers for another team. Clippers VP of basketball operations Gary Sacks said he's "very confident" Paul will re-sign.
The Clippers will reportedly "explore all options" as it relates to Vinny Del Negro's future as the team's head coach.
Del Negro is waiting to learn his fate and doesn't seem all that concerned, and while the team is expected to take a little while to decide which direction they'll go in, a first round playoff exit doesn't bode well for Del Negro's future. You can be sure the Clippers will get Chris Paul's opinion even before he potentially commits to re-signing with the team. Del Negro remains on the hot seat.
Matt Barnes suggested that he and fellow free agent Chris Paul "have already been talking about" re-signing with the Clippers next season.
"He's obviously the franchise player but we also talked about what I was thinking about doing," said Barnes. "Without giving anything away, he was doing his job [in recruiting me]." For his part, CP3 has consistently said that he's unsure what he'll do this summer.
Chauncey Billups said he feels "as good as he has in two years," and he hopes to play two more years in the NBA.
The 37-year-old veteran hopes to re-sign with the Clippers, after which he wants to move into a front-office job. "My desire has never been to coach," he said. "I would feel better about being in management and putting a team together." As for the rest of his playing career, staying healthy remains the obvious key to Billups' success.
Chauncey Billups will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he said that he "would love to be back" with the Clippers next season.
L.A.'s disappointing first-round exit doesn't seem to have swayed Billups, who has said all along that he wants to re-sign with the Clippers. He admitted that he wasn't 100 percent healthy during the playoffs, which was glaringly obvious as he averaged a mere 6.2 points on 30.6 percent