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Chauncey Billups says he’s interested in joining Heat next season

Chauncey Billups

Los Angeles Clippers’ Chauncey Billups, who was injured Feb. 6 during a 107-102 overtime victory at Orlando, speaks during a news conference prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles, Saturday, March 17, 2012. The five-time All-Star is done for the season because of a torn left Achilles tendon. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Chauncey Billups was in Miami Sunday, picking up the inaugural NBA Best Teammate award.

But he wouldn’t mind being back in Miami next fall.

Billups is an unrestricted free agent this summer and like a lot of veterans willing to play for less money if they get a shot at a ring, he has interest in the Heat, he told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

“Of course, I would have interest in Miami, of course,’’ Billups told FOX Sports Florida...

“Absolutely, I could help them,’’ Billups said before the Heat faced San Antonio after having lost the Finals opener last Thursday.


Billups will be 37 at the start of next season and after coming off a torn Achilles that had him out for all but 22 games last season, it’s fair to ask how much he can really contribute.

Thing is the Heat don’t really need him. They have Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole at the pint and Billups, despite being a smart player, lacks the athleticism the Heat like to use at the point. He could play some two guard off the bench, but Miami is already giving those minutes to Ray Allen.

But it’s out there. Stranger things have happened.