Hours after learning they were being dealt from the only team they've ever played for, Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Jose Calderon discussed the trade.
Hours after learning they were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the Rudy Gay three-team deal, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye spoke with reporters one last time as members of the Detroit Pistons:
For fans, it's easy to think in purely abstract terms about trades like this -- it's about swapping one player's talents for another, adjusting depth charts and playbooks. Players should be happy to leave a losing team for a contender, right?
But actually seeing a guy like Prince, who's spent a decade calling Detroit home, talk about leaving for another team is a reminder for just how difficult this must be. Jose Calderon, another player who's spent his entire career with a single team, was even more emotional during his goodbye interview with the Raptors press:
Call me sentimental -- I recently moved across the country for work myself, so I know how difficult it is to say goodbye to friends without knowing when you'll see them next -- but I don't envy these guys. Here's to hoping the transition goes smoothly.