Tayshaun Prince RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
In an effort to shore up wing depth, the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached out to the representatives of free agent small forward Tayshaun Prince, league sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group. With the free-agency period beginning, conversations up to this point have been described as exploratory, sources say.
But for now, the Pistons are rebuilding, and Prince is a 35-year-old piece of their history who most likely remain stay that way once the final 10 games of this season are complete. “I’m not going to jump to conclusions,” Prince said. “But as you guys know, and as of my time in Boston before I got traded to Detroit, my intention was to get to a contender. You know, you can never say never, but obviously, at this point in my career, I think that’s where I help teams the best. “A game like today, you’ll see that every once in a while. It’s not a situation where I’ll do that night in, night out. But like I said in Boston, all options are on the table. Of course, I would prefer to be in a good situation. It’s not a situation where it’s like, ‘No, no, I’m not coming back here.’ But if you ask me if it’s a contender, preferably, yeah, I would lean more towards that.”
The Celtics had agreed to buy out Tayshaun Prince if a trade couldn’t be completed, a source said. But an unexpected deal with Detroit came along, and Prince wasn’t exactly thrilled to be going to the Pistons.
As always, Tayshaun Prince was direct and to the point. “Pissed off” was one of the many of emotions he felt Thursday when he learned he was being traded from the Boston Celtics to the Pistons — the team he spent more than a decade with.
He was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Celtics last month. He was asked to compare Thursday’s activity to when he was traded for the first time in January 2013 when Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars shipped him to Memphis. “This one, even though I didn’t think I was going to get traded, I knew there was a chance of it,” Prince said. “The thing about that one it was a shock because I had been here 11 years and I get a call after the trade was over. “I felt disrespected by that, but that’s a story for back then.”
Van Gundy was asked if the Pistons should give a veteran like Prince, who doesn’t fit in their long-term plans, the chance to play for another championship. “I understand he didn’t get what he wanted but the question you’re asking should be asked of (Celtics president) Danny Ainge, not of us,” Van Gundy said. “We didn’t break any agreement with him. There’s no reason for us to buy him out. They could have bought him out if that’s what they wanted to do.
“The reason Boston made the trade is to save money,” said Van Gundy, the Pistons coach and team president. “We’re paying Tayshaun more money. If he was going to get bought out, he should have done it in Boston. They should let him be bought out. That’s not on me to buy him out. That’s not part of the deal. “We weren’t told of this until after we made the trade by Tayshaun’s agent. Why would we trade guys who are making less money to take on more money to waive him? That would have been the dumbest personnel move ever. “It’s not on us.”
Q: What was the goal of the Tayshaun Prince trade? Danny Ange: We wanted to see how [Luigi Datome and Jonas Jerebko] fit with us. They’re players we’ve liked before that we watched play and develop, and we want to see how they fit in our system. We want to see how they fit with our coaches and mesh with our players. Datome is a great shooter and Jerebko is a bigger perimeter player who can do a lot of the things Kelly [Olynyk] does.”
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has acquired forward Tayshaun Prince from the Boston Celtics in exchange for forwards Jonas Jerebko and Gigi Datome. “Tayshaun Prince is certainly well known to fans in Detroit and we’re pleased to welcome him back,” said Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. “He fills a position of need for us at small forward with his offensive and defensive versatility. We thank both Jonas and Gigi for their hard work and wish them well going forward.”
“I haven’t talked about anything yet. Me and Danny (Ainge) and (agent Bill Duffy) will continue to talk as things go on, but not right now. (Trade deadlines are) all similar to me in that you can’t worry about it. When you’re a young guy you get worried a bit, but after five or six years in the league it’s not a concern.”
But on the outside, anyway, the Celtics forward isn’t sweating reports that the team will buy him out if a deal isn’t found by today’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. “Why am I worried, man?” he said before last night’s practice at Sleep Train Arena, the first for the Celtics since the All-Star break. “I’m great; just had a great vacation, and I feel good, man. To be honest, I haven’t paid attention to what’s going on.”
Weeks ago, Prince did nothing to diminish buyout rumors by noting that he would like to play for a winner at this stage of his career. Asked if he still holds similar thoughts, he replied, “That will be something we’ll discuss. I know the buyout rumors have been out there since I’ve been in a Celtic uniform. I think the most important thing is talking about, what are the plans for the rest of the year? And we’ll go from there.”
“To be honest with you, I haven’t paid attention to anything as far as what’s going on because I’m not too concerned with it,” Prince said. “I haven’t talked about anything at all. Obviously, like I said before, me and Danny (Ainge) and (Prince’s agent Bill Duffy) will continue to talk. As things go along, we’ll continue to talk base. But we haven’t had any discussions at this point, no.”
There isn’t too much fishing going on along the local coast these days, but, several miles inland, Danny Ainge is chumming the trade waters from the Celtics offices. As of last night, there have been, according to several league sources, no bites, or even much of a nibble. The rest of the NBA has yet to make an earnest move toward the most prominent Boston bait. Available veterans Tayshaun Prince, Brandon Bass and Marcus Thornton are still of interest to a number of teams, but the Celts and those clubs have yet to engage in anything remotely resembling a substantive discussion.