We all know the situation: Detroit is in retooling mode and Tayshaun Prince is one of the few remaining links to the past, and many fans, including myself, assumed that it was probably time to part ways with the Palace Prince.
On the other side of the coin, though—the lanky lefty Tayshaun Prince is a is a true Piston! He always has been, and after signing a four-year, $27 million deal with the club, he will likely finish out his career in Detroit.
This sends a good message to the young players on the team and around the league. Prince has given nine years of very solid—albeit not spectacular—service to the Pistons. In this frenzied free-agency period, they could have easily let him walk in order to save money for rebuilding.
Instead, they rewarded him with a nice contract right away.
This is a very classy, early move for the Pistons' new owner, Tom Gores. It indicates that, for one, he is not cheap. $27 million is not a bargain price at all for Prince, and he certainly would not have gotten more than that anywhere else.
This signing also suggests that Gores has some understanding of what it means to be part of the Detroit Pistons franchise, and knows what it means to take care of his own players.
Moves like this cultivate that family-type atmosphere in a franchise.
Prince will be a throwback to the old days when guys played for one squad for their entire careers, like Piston legends Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars did here in Detroit.
So far, Detroit fans have a lot to like about the attitude and direction of the Pistons' new ownership.