Tayshaun Prince will likely not be moved from the Pistons, but that doesn't mean Joe Dumars won't be fielding trade deadline phone calls about the veteran small forward. There are contending teams that could use Prince to bolster their half-court offense and solidify their defense. Teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Golden State Warriors, and even the Houston Rockets have been suggested as potential teams to acquire the 32 year-old forward. Whether or not the Pistons would consider a trade, teams looking at Prince should be careful as adding the veteran might be more a long-term problem than an immediate solution.
The problem is that Prince is still playing big minutes (32.5 per game) in his 11th season in the league and will turn 33 next month. That isn't to say he's washed up. In fact, thanks in large part to Prince, Pistons small forwards have a PER 1.8 points higher than their opponents this season, according to 82games.com. The problem is that Prince is guaranteed $7.23 million next season and $7.70 million in 2014-15 (when he turns 35), which is a lot of money to be wrapped up in a veteran who has logged a ton of minutes in his career and has seen his scoring (11.9 PPG) dip to its lowest point since the 2003-04 season.
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