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Pistons Agree To 2-Year Deal With Chauncey Billups

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It's looking like the young guns in Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe will be key in a championship pursuit, not vets like Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

It’s looking like the young guns in Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe will be key in a championship pursuit, not vets like Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have decided to bring back Chauncey Billups.

Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars confirmed the move Thursday morning.

Billups has agreed to a two-year deal — the first season is guaranteed — for $2.5 million a year.

Detroit dealt Billups to his hometown Denver Nuggets early in the 2008-09 season and the team has struggled since making the unpopular trade. Billups was the NBA Finals MVP in 2004 when he led Pistons past the Los Angeles Lakers.

The five-time All-Star turns 37 in September. He bounced back last season to play 22 games for the Los Angeles Clippers after tearing his left Achilles tendon during the 2011-12 season.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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