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Pistons might keep Chauncey Billups around after this season… in the front office

Chauncey Billups, Joe Dumars

Free agent guard Chauncey Billups, left, and Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars pose with Billups’ jersey after Billups’ introduction to the media as the newest member of the team at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Billups, who was a member of the Pistons for six years is returning to the team as a player and a mentor to the younger players. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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When the Detroit Pistons brought back Chauncey Billups on a two-year contract — $2.5 million a year with a team option on the second year — there were questions about the move in some corners. But in the short term for a growing team, I like it.

Billups doesn’t bring a whole lot on the court any more, but he brings trusted leadership — in what was an increasingly uncomfortable Clippers locker room last season (due to Vinny Del Negro’s quest to appease Chris Paul in hopes of keeping his job) a number of players turned to Billups for advice. He was a go-to guy.

Billups can provide that for Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and the young core of the Pistons. Which is another reason the Pistons may want to keep Billups around beyond this coming season… but maybe not as a player, reports Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

Billups has the business savvy and hoops IQ to be a good front office guy someday, if he wants to go that route.

But for at least a year, he’s going to be a leader in uniform. Then we’ll see.