Veteran guard Chauncey Billups will be in uniform and is expected to play Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.
By MICHAEL MARTINEZ FS West
In the midst of a season-worst four-game losing steak, the Clippers got some good news: Veteran guard Chauncey Billups will be in uniform and is expected to play Wednesday night against the
Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.
Billups, 36, hasn’t played since Feb. 6 last season when he sustained a torn left Achilles tendon in a game at Orlando that ended his season. He started 20 games and averaged 14.9 points and 4.0 assists.
The team did not say whether Billups will start against the Timberwolves, but coach Vinny Del Negro said this week that Billups had participated in full-court, three-on-three scrimmages during recent practices, so it was clear he was close.
The team hasn’t been forthcoming about Billups’ return, but he was expected back at some point in November or December.
He’s essentially been an extra coach for Del Negro, sitting with the team’s other coaches and offering advice and suggestions to Paul and guard Eric Bledsoe.
In a statement, Del Negro said: “We are all excited to have Chauncey back. I know how hard he has worked to get to this point and we are looking forward to incorporating him into the lineup.”