Chauncey Billups hopes to be back 'in a month'

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups anticipates he will still be out a month and doesn't think he will be back on the court in November.

"Barring any setbacks, I'm hoping in a month I'll be back out there," Billups said while on ESPN's NBA Countdown on Wednesday. "I'm back practicing with the team so everything is looking good."

If everything goes according to plan, Billups will make his return to the starting lineup sometime in early December before the Clippers go on a four-game road trip on Dec. 11.

Billups, who had season-ending surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon in February, has been practicing with the team for the past month after being cleared for contact drills on Oct. 5.

"Once I went down, everyone was counting me out because of my age and the stage in my career but that fire doesn’t just go away," Billups said. "I'm looking forward to getting back out there and helping my team out."