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Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

Posted on: August 10, 2010 10:37 am
Edited on: August 10, 2010 11:57 am
"" Posted by Matt Moore

Ken Berger of reports that the Pistons have signed Tracy McGrady to a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum of $1.3 million. McGrady signs after a long, arduous process of trying to find someone willing to take a chance on him despite consistent injury issues and a body that no longer hold the athleticism that made him an All-Star. In Detroit, he'll provide bench scoring, and may make a decision to trade Tayshaun Prince easier for Joe Dumars as he attempts to swing a significant deal to improve the Pistons who struggled last year not only due to injury but significant chemistry problems.

McGrady showed flashes with the Knicks last season of being able to produce points like he used to, but would then follow-up those flashes with crashes back to reality, needing to sit out halves and entire games to recuperate. He has played 65 games over the past two seasons, dealing with ailing knees, shoulders, backs, and a bruised ego. He famously told reporters he would be undergoing surgery before alerting his team, and tried to find a spot on the Heat, Bulls, and Clippers before the Pistons elected to take a chance on him.

Prince has an $11 million expiring contract and is still a productive player when healthy, the kind of asset that can yield big results in a trade to a team looking to dump salary or a major player. If the Pistons decide to go for a cap-clearing move, McGrady provides a reasonable part-time option on the wing, and if the Pistons elect to move Prince for a significant upgrade at another position, it's possible they could take on a similar low-cost, low-minute wing to provide balance to McGrady's inconsistency. Either way, McGrady should help to some small degree with putting butts in seats this season for a team whose attendance has plummetted as they have left title contention.

The significant question is not what McGrady brings to the Pistons, but if his arrival signals the departure of Prince.


Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2010 10:52 am

Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

Paul has two years left

Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2010 11:23 pm

Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

Yeah youre right Joe D. sucks...he only won a championship against the "unbeatable" Lakers a few years back with spare parts he put together.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:52 pm

Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

Trade T Prince?  God I hope so.  $11 mil opens up a lot of doors, maybe even could get a real PG or a center that can make a layup.  CP3 is great, but David West would be a solid addition too.

Then again, it's really hard to judge the team without knowing how they would be if all were healthy....

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:06 pm

Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

Unfortunately the salaries don't match for a 1 for 1 trade. But I am hoping Prince ends up in Portland.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2010 8:57 pm

Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

Carmelo and Paul are FA's next season. I would assume it's for one of those two. No one clear-worthy is available right now.

Paul has 2 more years on his contract... but I don't see Paul going for just Prince. With Peja coming off the books they could get Prince on a cheap if they chose too... less then the 11 mill he is making now and a lot less then the 17 that Peja is making... Hornets want to do whatever they can to keep Paul for the 2 years they have him. If they can't they will trade him, but rest assured they will try and build around him.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2010 8:46 pm

Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

Trust me, Prince will not get traded this year and will become a restricted free agent next year.   Joe Dumars will never get rid of Prince, he has been productive for his entire carrer for the Pistons.  However, McGrady can still play the game very well if he can stay healthy and will be an asset to the pistons this year.   

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2010 8:44 pm

Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

I have to agree, Joe did a good job early on, but the moves he has made over the last few years have really been steps backwards and I still can't get over the Billups for Iverson trade, that just blows my mind.

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: August 10, 2010 7:37 pm

Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

I see the signing of Tracy McGrady as a desperation move by Joe Dumars to get some people in the seats..
Hopefully Mike Ilitch's attempt to purchase the Pistons will be successful,then we would see former President
Tom Wilson,who is now employed by Illitch enterprises take over as the head of basketball operations again.
Will be interesting to see if MR.Illitch would keep the Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills or move them to
Detroit to share a new facility with the Redwings...

As for trading Tayshaun Prince,I am all for it...Trade Richard Hamilton and Charlie V also...Clear as much cap
space as possible and go after 2 free agents next year to team with Gordon,Stuckey and the rest of the
youngsters on the team..The Pistons need a total makeover starting with a new owner,president and coach.
Will be hard to lure players of the Carmelo or Tony Parker caliber to play in Detroit though...Would love to be
able to go back in time and draft Anthony instead of Darko and also re-signing Okur instead of Rasheed...

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2010 7:29 pm

Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

I think that  he would fit in well with Boston, Orlando, or Portland.All of these teams are winners
and he would be an asset to any of them. The Piston's aren't going to win so if an offer came in
 to help the team oyu would be a fool to refuse it.

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2010 7:28 pm

Does McGrady signing open door for Prince trade?

You are absolutely correct. The only person I heard say that the Pistons shouldn't choose Darko was Dick Vitale, and since he's usually wrong that made the pundits unanimous.

However, everyone I know, and everyone I heard in the media was shocked at the AI trade and everyone said about last year's move: But Ben and Charlie don't care to play defense, never did - why would the Pistons choose them?

Now we select McGrady who folks say is not a team player. Yikes. What is Joe thinking?

Even a monkey knew those were bad moves, but the Darko move made sense at the time because we had Prince doing that job well.

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