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.