We now know that it's going to take more than just a little back strain to keep Tayshaun Prince out of an NBA basketball game.
Via the Detroit Free Press:
Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince will be out indefinitely with what the team said is a small ruptured of a disc in his lower back.
This is bad, obviously, for several reasons. For one, Tayshaun has been a cornerstone of this Pistons team for nearly a decade. He brought it every night with his tough defense and he can put the ball in the hoop in a variety of ways.
The ruptured disc also significantly hurts his trade value. It has been rumored recently that Tayshaun is the Pistons most expendable player due to the play of Jonas Jerebko and Austin Daye in his absence. It's hard to imagine a team is going to bite hard at the availability of an already aging player whose durability, which had to be an enticing characteristic of Prince, is now compromised.