The Wizards' exciting core of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat got a lot of help from Paul Pierce over the course of the regular season and the playoffs, which has apparently elevated the 37 year-old's free agency stock, with many teams reportedly interested in the veteran forward's services. With Washington unsure of their ability to retain Pierce, they could look to replace his production by adding a younger player to start at the 3, with The Washington Post's Jorge Castillo naming the 35 year-old Tayshaun Prince as a potential replacement.
Castillo's list also featured other names such as Sacramento's Omri Casspi, Portland's Dorell Wright and Brooklyn's Mirza Teletovic as younger, cheaper alternatives, but noted that Prince boasted a championship pedigree on top of his playoff experience and locker room leadership. The Pistons acquired the 6'9" forward at the deadline for Luigi Datome and Jonas Jerebko's expiring contracts. He started 7 of his 23 games for Stan Van Gundy, logging 24.8 minutes per and putting up 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds during that time; Prince also shot 46.3% from deep during the 2015 season.
Prince was originally linked to his hometown Clippers prior to being traded to the Pistons at the deadline, and there was some confusion regarding whether or not Stan Van Gundy would buy out the forward to let him chase a title with Doc Rivers & Co. Ultimately, Tayshaun stayed in Detroit, and was quick to remind everyone he wasn't just a mentor. Now an unrestricted free agent, it would make sense for the veteran to join the franchise he seemingly had his eyes on prior to being traded. However, Tayshaun didn't rule out returning to the Pistons, but the latter would most likely have to compete with the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards for his services if they decide to keep him around.The question is, should they?