A day after ESPN’s Marc Stein said Tayshaun Prince is being mentioned in a lot trade discussion, more ESPN experts are stirring up the rumor mill.
Having lost 13 straight games, the perimeter-heavy Detroit Pistons would like to get their hands on Carlos Boozer. A Boozer-for-Rip Hamilton trade works, but Utah doesn’t want to take back the three years, $38 million remaining on Hamilton’s contract, even though he’d made a sweet backcourt mate for Deron Williams.
Boozer for Tayshaun Prince also works financially, but Prince has one more season after this one at $11 million, and the Jazz aren’t looking to add salary for next season.
Utah coach Jerry Sloan wants to keep Boozer, who will be a free agent next summer, for the rest of the season, and perhaps beyond. To that end, the Jazz are shopping Andrei Kirilenko with all their might. But good luck with that one. Kirilenko won’t have any takers until next season when he’s in the last year of his deal.
Greg (Detroit): Chris I need your help! Please talk me and the rest of the Detroit fan base off the ledge. Is there any help in sight? Or are we doomed for another season of Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon fighting for shots?
Chris Sheridan: The only words I can offer to pull you away from that ledge are these: The Chauncey Billups trade was the first part of a process that is only halfway complete. The Gordon/Villanueva signings were step 2, and the Tayshaun Prince trade is next, IMO, and Rip Hamilton’s value could peak at the trade deadline, when he’ll be an enticing name on the market that could really help a playoff-bound team.
So let the process reach steps 3 and 4 before deciding whether to move back onto the ledge. This is turning out to be a throwaway season. And yes, I know 2 of those in a row is difficult to take after 6 straight ECF appearances, but think of the folks in New York who have suffered a whole heck of a lot more, and for a lot longer, than Pistons’ fans.
Although the trade talk is heating up, the Al Jefferson talk will probably die down, according to Stein.