After winning the championship in 2004 the Pistons remained contenders for several years. When they started to slip, they looked ready to go in a new direction. They traded their best player, Chauncey Billups, let other key guys walk and signed some free agents to long-term contracts.
It looked like a change of direction, and yet they can't seem to let go of their last few championship team members. This has kept them in the worst place to be in the NBA: not quite bad enough to ensure a team-changing draft pick, but not good enough to be in contention for the playoffs. Holding on to the veterans has also hindered the development of young players by keeping them from the court.
Detroit should trade R.I.P. Hamilton (rather than deactivating him and making everyone mad) and Prince to make space for other players who will be there long-term, and move forward in the rebuilding process.
As most teams could use a vet with good defense and decent offense on an expiring contract, the Pistons should have no trouble finding a new home for Prince. Hamilton might not be as attractive because he still has a lot of money owed to him, but he is a very good player nonetheless.
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