Tayshaun Prince: “I think I’ll be here for the rest of the year”


Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News asked Tayshaun Prince the question everyone is wondering about: does he think he will be traded before the deadline?

“I don’t think about it at all,” Prince said. “Either way, there’s only so many games until the end of the season. I’m not in the situation that Rip (Richard Hamilton) is in, or obviously some of the other guys in the league. I think I’ll be here for the rest of the year.”

But that doesn’t mean Prince wouldn’t be excited at the prospect of joining a contending team:

“It would be something I’d definitely look at,” Prince said after the Pistons’ 115-109 overtime win against Indiana on Wednesday at The Palace. “Who wouldn’t want be in that situation, to have an opportunity to play for another championship?”

Of course, whether Prince wants to be traded or not, and whether Dumars wants to trade him or not, is largely irrelevant. It’s now looking extremely unlikely that a sale of the team will be completed before the trade deadline, so Dumars is still most likely operating with the restriction that any deal he makes can’t bring back additional short or long-term salary. So short of maybe flipping Prince for another expiring deal with maybe a draft pick thrown in, there’s little the Pistons can do with him on the trade market right now.

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