What’s next for Pistons players?

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News wrote a great article about what’s in store for each Piston player next season. Parts of the analysis of three players stood out to me, and I’ve pulled them for further discussion. Definitely read his full article for more thoughts on these three and everyone else.

Charlie Villanueva:

He averaged more 3-pointers (4.3) than rebounds (career-low 3.9).

This a great stat (in terms of its ability to tell an accurate story, obviously not great for the Pistons).

Richard Hamilton:

Dumars almost got rid of Hamilton three times over the last 12 months. The fourth time likely will be the charm for the Pistons.

Trading him to the Nets in the aborted Carmelo Anthony trade, trading him to the Cavaliers at the trade deadline and…? Does anyone know the third time? Does he mean this? The Carlos Boozer trade was on the table two years, not 12 months, ago. If anyone knows of a move I’m missing, please post in the comments.

Tayshaun Prince:

Management held onto him at the trade deadline because he’ll be valuable for sign-and-trade, as surely he’ll play for a contender next season.

Every free agent wants to sign with a contender and make a lot of money. Obviously, few of them can do both. Maybe Prince can, but the odds aren’t in his favor.

Also, sign-and-trade aren’t so easy, especially when a contender receives a higher-end player. Most contenders are over the cap, meaning they’d have to send Detroit (or a third team) a player making an amount similar to Prince. If that player is good, why would the contender make the deal? If he’s not, why would the Pistons?

The upside in return for signing-and-trading Prince is higher than a late first-round pick in this draft, which the Mavericks offered for Prince prior to the trade deadline. But making a sign-and-trade happen, especially to a contender, is a lot easier said than done.

Tags: Charlie Villanueva Richard Hamilton Tayshaun Prince