While Pistons fans might be down on the current roster, other fans from around the Association still covet members of the team's core ...
How about a veteran with Championship experience who can defend both bigger and quicker players, shoots the 3 at nearly 40%, passes well (both in terms of total assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, and grabs 6 boards a night? Who could I be talking about? Why, TAYSHAUN PRINCE, of course.
He is a California native, and apparently the Pistons are interested in moving him. While this makes little sense to me, they also traded one of the top-5 point guards in the league after he led them to 6 consecutive Conference Finals, so I would not put anything past them. The Pistons brass apparently think they need more offense. While I would recommend that they look to acquire a scoring big-man like Amare or Bosh for this purpose, rather than trading away another piece of their core, Prince's name is already coming up in trade rumors. So, how can we get him? Well, I think the most obvious trade, given the Pistons stated desire for more offense, is Corey Maggette. The yearly salaries are virtually identical (Prince actually makes a little more), they are the same age, and Maggette would be an upgrade in terms of scoring. So the Pistons would probably at least consider the deal. From the Warriors perspective, this would be a blockbuster deal. In fact, I would even throw Brandon Wright into the offer to sweeten the pot.
The Magic really need to get another big body inside to protect Howard and get rebounds on a nightly basis. Antonio is a desperate FA looking for a home with a true championship contender. When Nelson gets better next season, we will be that legit title contender. If we start the same 5 we currently do (Nelson/Lee/Turkoglu/Lewis/Howard) we could rest Hedo at the mid-way point of the 1st qtr. like we always do and bring in MyDyess to replace and move Lewis to the Small Forward spot. This would give us that PF that could rebound and help on post-defense that we need more of.
A few league sources whom I respect have said that the Hornets may try to take advantage of Detroit's possible housecleaning this off-season, with their eyes focused on Richard Hamilton or Tayshaun Prince (or both). West could be part of one of those deals, but it's all speculation at this point. Still, you can't help but wonder if it's time to start over in New Orleans. That's pretty sad when you think about how close the Hornets were to contending last year.
Hamilton was a big part of the 2004 champion team and the 6 straight conference championship runs. Watching this team break up has to be tough to swallow, so perhaps a change of scenery would reignite the fire of one of the best shooters in the game.
A huge need on this team right now is at the SG position and the PG position. Trading for Hamilton could be exactly what we need to fill the need at that spot and get the offensive production D’Antoni wants.
Slam Dunk Central: There Seems to Be a Need for Sheed (again, via PN.com):
The "New York Times" has reported that the San Antonio Spurs are very interested in Wallace spending season number 15 of his career with them if he would settle for the mid-level exception.
The "News Herald" in a story filed by my old pal Bob Finan stated that the Cleveland Cavaliers may also have an interest in Sheed if they can make the money work.
What my buddy pointed out was in order to get to the top of the game, the Pistons had to had another top flight talent in Rasheed Wallace, and, most important, they had to grant their guys the time to play together. The Bobcats are at that stage, now. Augustin is Tayshaun. Raja is Clifford Robinson.
(Okay, there's no trade rumors in that one, but it still caught my eye that someone was using Detroit as a model ...)
Don't confuse any of these mentions with actual rumors -- most of them are simply pundits tossing ideas around for the sake of discussion -- but they're still a nice reminder that Detroit's situation may not be quite as "glass half empty" as some fans might think.