NBA Trade Rumors: Will Pistons Trade Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince?
The injury bug bit the Detroit Pistons hard. They played without their defensive specialist, Tayshaun Prince for most of the year. Piston guard Rodney Stuckey was also a victim of a nasty injury that sideline him for sometime.
With that, the Pistons turned in one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
In return, they were granted the No. 7 pick in the 2010 NBA draft.
The pick is up for speculation. The Pistons have a very talented roster, with a lot of superstar power. Showing you they have a lot of players that could be trade bait.
The name that has been thrown out a lot is Tayshaun Prince. But the Pistons have added more names to the list.
Here is a list showing the possible targets, and players involved in the Pistons trade talks.
Sadly said, Tayshaun Prince days in the Detroit may be over. The Kings may be his most likely home.
They have expressed interest in trading their No. 5 pick, and the Pistons can offer Prince and their No. 7 pick.
The proposed deal may look something like this:
F - Tayshaun Prince
No. 7 overall pick
No. 5 pick
Richard "Rip" Hamilton is probably one of the most underrated players in the NBA. Last year he was apart of a lot of speculation after the signing of Ben Gordon.
But he was brought off the bench, and accepted a more smaller role in the offense.
Now that they need to move up in the draft, the Pistons may use him as trade bait. The Kings wouldn't be a good suitor for Hamilton. The Timberwolves may be the best possible destination for Rip.
DeMarcus Cousins' is one of those misunderstood players. In the eyes of many he is a immature kid that will be a bust because of his behavior.
However, I don't believe that's a fair conception of the 6'11'' forward.
Every team in the top three may pass on him, but the Pistons realize he could go to the Warriors, Kings, or T'Wolves. Meaning that they are in need of drafting up to select Cousins.
The Pistons need a guy like Cousins in the post. He is strong, and will be a great frontier force.
The Pistons are not promised to trade up in the 2010 NBA draft. Understanding that, they have a back-up plan if they're not able to trade up in the draft.
The Pistons have expressed a lot of interest in Ekpe Udoh. The 6'11'' defensive specialist from Baylor.
This is exactly what Joe Dumars wants. A defensive guy that can block shots, rebound the ball, and get outside the paint in shoot the ball consistently in the mid-range.
No. 7 may be a little high for Udoh, but he can be a great pick under a system like Dumars.
If you're wondering why Mo Williams is one this list, I'll gladly tell you.
The Pistons need stability at the point guard position. When Rodney Stuckey collapsed and was sidelined for some weeks, the Pistons offense went down hill.
They tried to bring in Allen Iverson last year, and he bailed on them because of his role.
Now, with Mo Williams they will be able to get stability at the point and a guy that is willing to accept the back-up role in their offense.