The 35-year-old point guard told ESPN.com, "From the first day I got [to New York], it was about who was going to be the next point guard, without giving me a real chance.''
The Knicks could have waived Billups at the end of last season and would have been accountable for only $3.7 million of his $14.2-million salary. But former team president Donnie Walsh decided to keep Billups and fully guarantee his salary, which still will be paid in full (minus the games lost because of the lockout).
Knicks interim general manager Glen Grunwald said he spoke with Billups and tried to apologize for the suddenness of the move. "We didn't want to get rid of Chauncey,'' he said. "When I talked to him today, I told him it's not like we're waiving you because we don't want you. Look at what it is: You're traded for basically the starting center on a championship team. So he understands. I wished him the best.''
Billups, who can be claimed by any team, told Yahoo! Sports he wants control of his destiny. He also said he would consider retirement if he is selected by a team that isn't a championship contender.
"I know some teams out there are saying, 'Oh, Chaunc-ey will be great in mentoring,' and I'm tired of that,'' he said. "I've got a few good years left to play, and I'm not trying to come in and sit on the bench or be a mentor. I'm not going to be that guy. I want to go somewhere and win.''
He could return to Denver, but a possible destination that could come back to haunt the Knicks is Miami. "I would like a chance at them, I'll tell you that much,'' he told ESPN.com. "I'd absolutely love that.''
Free-agent forward Shawne Williams, who had a career renaissance with the Knicks last season and became a reliable defender and three-point shooter, was considering several multiyear offers -- including one from the Nets -- along with an offer from the Knicks for the NBA's new two-year, $5-million "room exception.''
"I know he's got some interest elsewhere and he's looking, as he should,'' Mike D'Antoni said. "Right now I know he's taking care of the business end, and hopefully it works out and he comes back to us.''
The future planning that has dominated the last three years has ended. "Now I'm really excited about working here,'' Grunwald said. "We don't have to constantly try and save cap space. We have a group we can commit to, we can move forward with and we can add the pieces. I feel we're in an excellent position.'' . . . Chandler procured No. 6 from Landry Fields, who will wear No. 2. Fields tweeted that the number "was not just handed over. Mr. Chandler is proving what a nice guy he is. Legal reimbursement!''