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Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 2:30 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivertayshaun-prince

The Detroit Pistons have found their man. And he's a familiar one.

Yahoo Sports and reports that the Pistons have re-signed free agent forward Tayshaun Prince to a 4-year deal worth $27 million. Prince was drafted by Detroit in 2002 and has played his entire career for the Pistons, helping the team to the 2004 NBA title.

This is a deal the Pistons made with their hearts rather than their heads and it's one they will surely live to regret. Prince's production has been steady for the last seven years at the 14-point 4-rebound, 3-assist level but at 31-years-old he's headed for decline sooner or later. The deal keeps him under contract at far more than Mid-Level money until he's 35 and that's not a spot you want to be with anyone who isn't a star player.

They've used multiple draft picks in recent years to fill out their wings -- Austin Daye, Kyle Singler -- but have so far not bitten the bullet and gone ahead with the full-scale rebuilding movement. Instead, cap killer Charlie Villanueva remains and aging guard Richard Hamilton, who repeatedly clashed with head coach John Kuester last season, hasn't been dealt.

This wasn't quite a panic signing but it wasn't the most thoughtful long-term play either. The Pistons concluded that with Singler preoccupied in Europe after signing with Real Madrid, with free agent wing Tracy McGrady reportedly heading to the Atlanta Hawks and with only a truly few reliable roster pieces in place -- Greg Monroe and guard Ben Gordon -- the idea of losing Prince was worse than the idea of over-paying him. Prince would theoretically retain trade value for contenders looking for a reserve piece as this contract plays out but the salary number is going to give a lot of teams pause when there are younger, better players available at the Mid-Level. Let's not gloss over the fact that Prince wasn't the biggest locker room peach last year, either.

The good news is that Prince, a Motor City mainstay, may very well retire as a Piston. He's sure to have his jersey lofted to the rafters and that's worth something. Still, the Pistons remain in the one place in the NBA you don't want to be: locked in to long-term salary commitments to non-stars while lacking both the talent to win now and a bona-fide future star to build around.

Letting Prince walk and pursuing with a slash-and-burn rebuilding effort would have been the better play.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:02 pm

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

Does this mean that u move Austin Daye?  He is pretty much the same player.

This team continues to be perplexing.  It seems like there's some talent, but its hard to win when u have 5 players on the floor who all play the same position.  Also hard to win without competent coaching.  Hopefully the latter was remedied.  L Frank did good in NJ with much less talent.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:21 pm

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

WHY!!!!!!!!!! i waste of cap space and it will hurt the development of the younger talent, just plain stupid. Prince was so yesterday, lets move forward and quit living in the past.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:16 pm

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

One thing I'd like to know is how much they are paying him each year of the contract.  I don't like the idea of almost $7,000,000 per year as that will eat up too much cap space in future years.  However, since the Pistons have cap space this year, if they paying him over $11,000,000 this year and going down to $4,000,000 in the last year, its not so bad. I'm not sure if the CBA allows this, but if they can front load the contract and use up space this year, I'm fine with it.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:14 pm

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

What is it with former Bad Boys driving franchises into the ground. JoeD is the worst GM in basketball... how does he still have a job? Isaiah was finally booted from the Knicks. What is going to take for the Pistons to do the same?

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:17 pm
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Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:52 pm

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

Agreed.  A 4-year deal makes little sense.  The Pistons are not going anywhere this year, and probably for the next couple years.  Time to develop the young talent.  I could understand if they wanted a 1 (or maybe a 2) year deal, but 4 years!?!?! Yikes!  If he was going to walk away for less than 4 years, then let him.  Thanks for the memories, and the "block".

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