Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News writes that the Pistons will explore their free agent options next week with Will Bynum, Jose Calderon, and former NBA champion Chauncey Billups. While the notion of bringing back both Bynum and Calderon to Detroit may seem far-fetched, Goodwill reports that the team will explore both options and that it isn't necessarily an either/or proposition.
Billups, who at once had a strained relationship with Joe Dumars following his trade to Denver in 2008, had reportedly buried the hatchet with Dumars recently and could serve as a veteran leader on a fairly young Pistons squad if signed. Not to mention that Rasheed Wallace had been in talks to join Detroit's coaching staff last week, which could only entice the soon to be 37-year-old point guard to reunite with his former teammate. Though Billups had some setbacks with injuries in recent years, we heard earlier today that he still plans to play for at least two more seasons.
We've covered Calderon quite a bit today, though as it relates to this scenario, the fact that he shares the same agent as Bynum could be a factor should the Pistons decide to try keeping them both. While Bynum has drawn interest from the Knicks and Bulls, the Pistons should still have the ability to make the most competitive financial offer with their ample cap room.