Tayshaun Prince Traded to Detroit Pistons

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2015

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Tayshaun Prince didn't last long with the Boston Celtics as the veteran swingman has been traded to the Detroit Pistons as Thursday's trade deadline came to a close.

Continue for updates.

Prince Traded to Pistons

Thursday, Feb. 19

The Pistons announced the return of Prince on Twitter:

SportsCenter reported that Prince has been traded to Detroit in exchange for Gigi Datome and Jonas Jerebko.

Celtics Would Have Bought Out Prince's Contract If Not Traded

Tuesday, Feb. 17

On Tuesday evening, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that Prince would likely hit the free-agent market this season if the team couldn't trade him:

As the Boston Celtics continue working to include forward Tayshaun Prince in a trade package, the organization plans to be accommodating with him on a contract buyout after the trade deadline should no deal emerge, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

As a free agent, Prince could become the most coveted player on the market this month—with the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers promising to be strong contenders, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Prince is a native of Los Angeles.

Prince, 34, is still capable of delivering solid minutes off the bench for a contender. The balance of his $7.7 million expiring deal makes it hard for Boston to find short-term expiring contracts in return for Prince.

Prince, 34, is averaging 7.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 24.2 minutes per game with the Celtics. He is also shooting 48.7 percent from three, so he can certainly help a team in need of an option on the perimeter. 

For his career, Prince has averaged 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Prince came to the Celtics along with Austin Rivers and a future first-round pick as a part of the three-way trade that sent Jeff Green and Russ Smith to the Memphis Grizzlies and Quincy Pondexter and a 2015 second-round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans.

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