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Report: Celtics negotiating buyout with Tayshaun Prince

Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

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Clearly an almost 35-year-old wing with diminishing skills was not going to be part of the Celtics rebuilding future. And a guy like that wants to play for rings anyway.

So when Boston traded for Tayshaun Prince as part of the Jeff Green deal with Memphis, you had to know a buyout was likely. The only details to be worked out is how much of his $7.2 million he would offer as a discount to get out of the contract.

There seems to be some common ground to get the deal done, reports Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

What will be interesting is to see what teams come calling if/when Prince is a free agent. The Clippers are looking for wing players and depth, they seem a likely candidate, but other teams may pick up the phone as well.

Prince isn’t the player he once was but he brings some skills, for example his length and IQ means he’s still a decent defender. On offense he has the bad habit of settling for the long two (31.1 percent of his shots this season were from 16 feet out to the arc) so teams help off him, but he can hit the three and in a limited role he will not hurt on that end.

Still, he will land somewhere on a winning team.