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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
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Posted by Ben Gollivertayshaun-prince

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

Yahoo Sports and ESPN.com 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.
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Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

I thought they would have traded him last year. He could have been a valuable addition to a number of veteran teams (SA, Clippers, Orlando before the Turkulu trade) now I don't see the point unless they are going to flip him this year. He's still a good defender and smart but 4 years at that price is a liitle steep. Last year he had more value in a trade.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:27 am
 

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

I'm indifferent about this one right now. Many folks are very outspoken about this being awful, and I can understand getting tired of returning the same ol' shit that hasn't worked the last few years, but hey it's not like we are giving him a raise from the last contract, I have seen many contracts that are worse (see CV, Rip, and Gordon and I haven't even left this team yet!). The bottom line is that we aren't a team in a big market, the weather here sucks, and we don't have a slew of worth while free agents beating down our door to join this team. Infact I am sure that many FA's would take less $$$ to play somewhere else. Don't get me wrongI wolud like to see us going after a big name like Dwight Howard or Chris Paul, but it isnt in the cards, and it isn't realistic, I am simpling saying that all in all it could have been worse, much much worse.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

This is a terrible signing, four more years of Prince is going to set this team back. Prince has been overrated for years. He was never the lock down defender people like to say he is. He was a nice complementary peice at his best. The problem is he buys into all the hype that was thrown out there. He has never been an All Star and is a negative presence in the locker room today.


I dont understand what Joe's plan for this team is. There are too many guys that do the same things. I like resigning Jerebko and think he can be a key contributor. Why you need Prince with Jonas and Daye is puzzling. I still cant figure out why Joe hasn't amnestied Charlie V to get out of his contract. I hope everyone is ready for another terrible year.



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

I agree. I'm not surprised by anything Joe D. does anymore. I think they're putting a lot of their chips in on the young guys. I'm glad I have the lions to bitch about.



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

I still think they should have delt him and still hope they do but who is going to want to pick up 4 years? If they signed for say 2 years I wouldn't be so confused by this because a 2 year deal could be traded a lot easier than the 4 he got.



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

I still think they should have delt him and still hope they do but who is going to want to pick up 4 years? If they signed for say 2 years I wouldn't be so confused by this because a 2 year deal could be traded a lot easier than the 4 he got.



Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

Ok.  Let's think this through, shall we?  Hamilton won't be a contributor, and yes, Charlie V. and Ben Gordon are reserve players at best.  However, this is a team that has a bright future.  Greg Monroe will be a solid contributor for years to come, and Stuckey as a #2 guard who can occasionally play point isn't too bad either.  Austin Daye needs to be groomed more, and Wild Swede (Jerebko) would be good, but not great.  Watch how Brandon Knight develops.  He's got everything you want in a point guard, and can score.  This is a young team that needs someone who can help them learn how to win.  If you don't think that matters, why hasn't Memphis made it to the playoffs until just last year?!?!?

Prince has been through the wars, and can legitimate be a bridge from the past to the future.  The Pistons are two years away from being a playoff team anyway.  If you can't put buy a championship like LA, Miami, and NY, you have to do it the old fashioned way.  Build one.  Did anyone really see the Pistons winning a title after losing Grant Hill for peanuts?  Let Joe do his thang!



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

Another poor decision by Dumars.  Aside from some great moves in his first couple of years or so, Joe has been an inferior GM for a long time.  He still lives off the laurels of his early success, but for that he might have earned the right to continue as GM for a while longer.  But, generally he has done a poor job with trades, draft picks, and resignings since he put together the nucleus of the title team.  The chemistry and direction of this team is horrible, and they have limited options with all the money they have tied up in four SG's and SF's ... Charlie V (plays like a SF even though he's a big-body), Gordon, Hamilton, and Prince.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

You know, so many of you out there rail on players or teams for a "lack of loyalty".... #6 may be mentally messed up for a long time for the "hate" he took from fans and the media....Now a team shows loyalty to one of the stalwarts and everyone is going balllistic about how "stupid" this move is.  Make up your minds people....As a Pistons fan, Prince has been one of my favorite players and I'm happy for him that the Pistons still want him and I'm glad he wants to stay a Piston.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Pistons lock up Tayshaun Prince for 4 years

This makes no sense at all.


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