Billups, 35, was waived three days ago as the Knicks cleared salary cap space to add Tyson Chandler. A five-time National Basketball Association All-Star, Billups averaged 16.8 points, 5.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds last season in 72 games for the Knicks and Denver Nuggets.
Neil Olshey, the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations, said yesterday that the team wasn’t willing to match the Hornets’ asking price for Paul, who’s been an All-Star each of the past four seasons.
“We decided it wasn’t the right move for us based on the package we’d have to give up,” Olshey said in an interview on the team’s website. “Every team in the league would like to have Chauncey. He’s one of the classiest guys in the league and a great leader.”
Billups is entering his 15th NBA season. The Clippers also retained center DeAndre Jordan by matching an offer sheet from the Golden State Warriors. The 6-foot-11 Jordan averaged 7.1 points and 7.2 rebounds last season.
The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks yesterday added 13-year veteran Vince Carter, an eight-time All-Star.
Carter, 34, joined the Mavericks after clearing waivers from the Phoenix Suns. Dallas two days ago acquired forward Lamar Odom in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers after losing Chandler to the Knicks.
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