Austin Daye gives the basic ‘we don’t know what’s going to happen’ comments in this story by Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News that most players have been giving, but there was also an interesting thing that Goodwill noted:
Daye isn’t the Pistons player representative; Jason Maxiell holds the official title. As the second-youngest member of the Pistons, however, Daye, 23, felt it was important to attend meetings the past week.
“If I go to this meeting, I’m going to have a better grasp to what’s happening,” he said. “It’s my future. This next agreement is going to determine the next seven years of my contract. My family, my life. It’s going to change lives.”
As we are all well aware, the Pistons are transitioning and, if the lockout is resolved soon, there’s a chance that veterans Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton could be playing elsewhere next year. Ben Wallace probably won’t play more than one more season. It’s a necessity for new leaders to emerge from the young group of Pistons who could be around long term, and this is a good, mature step on Daye’s part. I have no problems with the planking and goofiness of being young either, for what it’s worth. The Pistons need some of that as well. But it’s undoubtedly good to see Daye taking the lockout and its potential impact on the league very seriously.