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If Dallas Mavericks show interest in trading for Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince, injured Mavericks forward Caron Butler could come to Detroit

The Dallas Mavericks are interested in trading for Tayshaun Prince, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Stein warns that the Mavericks want to assess their team further with Dirk Nowitzki back before making a trade. But they’re exploring targets, anyway, and that includes Prince:

Prince isn’t nearly the threat offensively that (Stephen) Jackson would be, which is a problem because Dallas’ needs are primarily on the offensive end. But Prince is in the final year of his contract ($11.1 million) and thus combines affordability with his proven playoff resume. The more immediate roadblock to acquiring the lanky lefty, sources say, is that the Pistons have been reluctant to consider Prince trade scenarios while waiting to see if the three-way deal for Carmelo Anthony involving Rip Hamilton finally gets done after a week-plus of trade limbo.

Speculating, a trade of Tayshaun Prince for Caron Butler and a draft pick and/or young player could work. Butler suffered a season-ending injury, but his expiring contract would help the Pistons retain financial flexibility. Prince would benefit from playing for a contender.

Besides a draft pick, the Mavericks could also offer Dominique Jones, Ian Mahinmi and/or Alexis Ajinca as incentive for the Pistons.

Butler is owed $300,304 less than Prince the rest of the season, so that could entice Pistons owner Karen Davidson.

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