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Report: Pistons keeping Tayshaun Prince

Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

Andrew D. Bernstein

Tayshaun Prince – traded from the Celtics to the Pistons yesterdaymight want a buyout from Detroit.

Don’t expect him to get one.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Further, in his statement on the trade, Stan Van Gundy said of Prince: “He fills a position of need for us at small forward with his offensive and defensive versatility.”

After Detroit traded Kyle Singler to the Thunder, Prince will fill a void at small forward. The Pistons added a little salary in the Prince deal (which sent Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome to Boston), another sign they intend Prince to stick. If they didn’t want to keep him for the rest of the season, why make the trade? Obviously, they plan to keep him for the rest of his expiring contract.

Of course, if the Pistons stumble in their five games the rest of this month and Prince gives up enough money – he’s owed $2,493,721 the rest of the season – maybe they change their mind. As long as Prince is waived before March 1, he can join a playoff roster.