Chauncey Billups Returns To Palace, Looking To Bring Detroit Pistons Back To Relevance

Source: Vince Ellis / Detroit Free Press

Chauncey Billups was greeted with an ovation from Palace Sports & Entertainment employees as he approached the podium at the Palace entrance.

Today’s introduction wasn’t really necessary. Pistons fans are quite familiar with Billups, who was instrumental in the team’s last run of success. But the Pistons couldn’t pass on the opportunity to connect with fans who have avoided the Palace in droves in recent seasons.

“First, obviously, I’m just very happy to be back in Detroit,” said Billups, who will likely retire as a Piston after signing a two-year deal worth $5 million. “When this opportunity came about, it was very attractive to me. Obviously, the team and the organization has kind of struggled the last few years and it’s not what it used to be when I was here.

“I just want to be a part of bringing it back, bringing it back to respectability.”

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