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Tayshaun Prince is in the final season of a five-year, $49 million contract and will likely be dealt before the February trade deadline. The Pistons are floundering this season and would be happy to trade Prince for either young players or, in all likelihood, draft picks.
Prince’s length and foot speed make him a phenomenal defender and his near triple-double last night (28, 12 and 8 with 3 blocks) shows his versatility.
The 30-year-old Prince does not fit into the Pistons' long-term plans and will likely not return next season. If that were the case, Joe Dumars would be wise to add value for the 6’9" forward right now.
Although Tayshaun’s large contract could make constructing a deal difficult, there is little doubt in my mind that some crafty GM will make it work. An Eddy Curry and Toney Douglas for Tayshaun Price trade could work for both sides. The Pistons would swap expiring contracts while adding a promising young guard, while the Knicks would gain a multi-talented forward that could play either forward position and provide a defensive stopper—something the Knicks are in dire need of.
For New York, this deal would hinge on a few things. The Knicks would either have to construct a different package for Carmelo Anthony or wait until the offseason to sign the high-scoring forward. However, because Prince has an expiring contract, he would not hurt the team's chances of signing Carmelo in free agency.
If the Knicks needed to keep Curry’s expiring contract to land Anthony, NY could also offer the expiring contracts of Kelenna Azubuike, Roger Mason and Timofey Mozgov (who has three years left at a reasonable $3.5 million per season).