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The last remaining member of the 2004 NBA champion Detroit Pistons is apparently gone.
Reports started to surface Wednesday evening -- about an hour before the Pistons' game in Indiana -- that Tayshaun Prince is heading to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a three-team trade. The Grizzlies would also get Pistons forward Austin Daye and send their star swingman, Rudy Gay, to the Toronto Raptors.
The Pistons would receive point guard Jose Calderon from the Raptors once the deal is official.
Calderon is in the final year of a five-year, 45 million contract -- 10.5 million for this season -- meaning the Pistons would have more salary-cap room after the season.
Prince, who turns 33 on Feb. 28 and has spent his entire NBA career with the Pistons, will forever be remembered in Pistons' lore for "the block."
During the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004, Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller received the ball after a steal and was headed to the basket for what looked like an uncontested basket to tie the score in the final minute of Game 2.
Prince had other plans. Coming from the other side of the court, Prince came in and managed to block Miller's layup attempt at the last second. Richard Hamilton ended up with the ball, and the Pistons ended up winning the series and eventually the title.
It was a signature moment for that team and for Prince, who has grown from being the rookie who emerged in the 2003 playoffs to the seasoned veteran of the current team.
Another great memory of Prince is one in which he wasn't even there.
In the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace and Hamilton were all chosen as Eastern Conference reserves. Prince was not.
So Rasheed Wallace suggested that he and his fellow Pistons write Prince's No. 22 on their shoes so he would know that he was with them in spirit. Prince, who was vacationing with his wife in the Bahamas that weekend, didn't see the game but heard about what his teammates had done and was touched by it.
That's part of what made that 2004 team so special, how they had that close bond. They truly were a team on and off the court.
You've heard the old joke about how some teams have 12 players and 12 different cabs when they're on the road. Those 2004 Pistons were the opposite. Every dinner on the road was a team dinner.
To this day, those players remain close friends. When Billups came to town with the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this season, he, Ben Wallace and Prince all had dinner together.
No doubt Prince has already heard from a few of those guys already.
The current Pistons will now try to learn to be more like that close-knit 2004 squad.
Meanwhile, Memphis is a nice place for Prince and Daye to land, considering the Pistons are more likely to land in the lottery than in the playoffs.
The Grizzlies entered Wednesday second in the Southwest Division at 29-15, 5 12 games behind the sublime San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies are currently fourth in the Western Conference and are likely to make the playoffs.
The Pistons are trying to get back to the playoffs for the first time since a first-round defeat in 2009, and it will be up to president of basketball operations Joe Dumars to spend the cap money wisely.
If Dumars can parlay the money into a star player, then perhaps it will be the dawn of a new era instead of the end of an old one.
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Tayshaun Prince has played his entire career with the Detroit Pistons, so it’d be natural to expect him to run out of the tunnel, just like he has since entering the league in 2002. Earlier today, reports surfaced of a three-team trade that would send Prince to the Memphis Grizzlies. One eager Prince fan apparently didn’t get the memo — fortunately the TV cameras were rolling...
A Tayshaun Prince fan waiting in his jersey for the forward to run out of the Pistons’ tunnel gets confused when he doesn’t see his favorite player among the team. After receiving the information of the trade on his phone, the disappointed fan ditches the jersey before tip-off:
The final remaining piece of the 2004 Championship team is gone.
Wednesday Joe Dumars become involved in a three team trade with Memphis and Toronto that centered around Rudy Gay of the Grizzlies. No the Pistons didn’t acquire Gay, which would have been awesome but they did receive point guard Jose Calderon in the deal who was originally sent to the Grizzlies.
Going to Memphis...
Tweet Long-time Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince, one of the last remaining players from the Pistons 2004 NBA championship roster, was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday afternoon for Jose Calderon. Once a fan wearing a Prince jersey found out Prince wasn’t coming down the tunnel pre-game, the fan quickly ripped his jersey off. Watch: [...]
Jose Calderon is not expected to play for the Detroit Pistons on Friday night because of visa issues following his trade this week from Toronto.
The Spanish-born guard was at Detroit's practice facility Friday, but the team didn't have any specific word on when he'd be able to take the court. The Pistons host Cleveland on Friday and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday....
The Detroit Pistons are ready to welcome one veteran after saying goodbye to another.
Guard Jose Calderon could make his Detroit debut Friday night when the struggling Pistons try for a fifth consecutive victory over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.
Detroit (17-29) played like a distracted team Wednesday, falling 98-79 at Indiana for its second straight loss and fourth in five contests...
According to Marc Stein, ESPN:
ESPN sources say Grizzlies and Raps have deal in place to swap Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi for Ed Davis and Jose Calderon.
Sources say deal will morph to include third team to take Calderon, with Detroit at the front of the line to land the Spaniard after chasing him all season. Third team not yet in stone but Pistons have had interest in Calderon all...
The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to send small forward Rudy Gay and center Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
Calderon will be sent to Detroit in the deal in exchange for veteran small forward Tayshaun Prince, fourth-year forward Austin Daye and a second-round pick...
With Jose Calderon coming to Detroit, there’s a question of who will lose out. The Pistons are already pretty guard heavy, so adding another quality guard makes sense. Despite Brandon Knight‘s 7/1/4 line, he has been doing extremely well and should continue to start. Kyle Singler went 5/4/0 (with 2 blocks) has been a bit iffy, but he’s a rookie, and surely Detroit isn’t in...
Well there was good news and bad news depending on how you look at it for the the Pistons Wednesday night in Indianapolis.
The good news?
Joe Dumars was able to send the bloated Tayshaun Prince contract along with an under-performing Austin Daye to Memphis for Jose Calderon and his expiring contract.
The bad news… the Pistons were simply pathetic shooting from the field tonight...
After what felt like a super long road trip out West, the Indiana Pacers finally returned to Banker's Life Fieldhouse to pound the shorthanded (lost Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye in a trade) Detroit Pistons 98-79, snapping a 3-game losing streak to begin a long home-stretch with just a single road game until Feb. 23.
Not much to say except it was good to see the Pacers...
The rumor shave been swirling for a while, but the Memphis Grizzlies have finally found and agreed to a trade to send Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors will acquire Gay while giving up Jose Calderon and Ed Davis. Details are not all out on the table just yet, but it is expected that the Detroit Pistons will serve as the third team to take on Jose Calderon.
The Memphis Grizzlies, playing for the first time after trading away Rudy Gay, get set to face the Thunder in Oklahoma City tonight. While the Gay swap for Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince, and Austin Daye saves the tea money and improves depth in the long-run, they’ll be fairly depleted in tonight’s match-up.
AccuScore has the Thunder as heavy favorites with 87.3 percent chance at...