Odds & Ends: Billups, Pistons, Aldridge, Blazers

Clippers guard Chauncey Billups says that he would like to keep playing for a few more years and won't rule out a return to the Pistons, writes Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.  "You never say never to any situation. I got nothing but great memories about here and winning, and this building was on fire. I would like for my memories to stay like that," said the 36-year-old.  Here's more from around the Association..

  • The Blazers have said repeatedly that big man LaMarcus Aldridge will be the cornerstone of the franchise for years to come, but Aldridge doesn't see himself as "untouchable", writes Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.  Aldridge is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season. 
  • The Hawks made a bold move this summer when they traded franchise player Joe Johnson to the Nets in an effort to improve their depth.  The Lakers might want to take a page out of their book, writes Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld.
  • The Timberwolves may have an abundance of point guards after Ricky Rubio's return, but Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel doesn't see the Heat pursuing them as they want to avoid taking on long-term money.  Luke Ridnour will make $4.3MM next season, while J.J. Barea has two additional seasons at more than $9MM total.
  • Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld looks at five underrated members of the rookie class, including Nando De Colo of the Spurs and Pablo Prigioni of the Knicks.

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