HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The long-rumored Carmelo Anthony mega-trade worked out for the Knicks and Nuggets but it didn’t work out for all that were involved (from the beginning).
Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince, who was once thought to be in play when the Pistons were the rumored third team in a deal, will likely stay put after Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, per the Detroit News.
Pistons boss Joe Dumars said Prince, in the final year of a deal that pays him $11.1 million, will remain with the Pistons, as long as he isn’t offered a deal he simply cannot refuse:
“I would,” Dumars said when asked if he would like Prince to return next season. “And we’ve talked about that. Tayshaun has been good here for a long time so I absolutely want to have that conversation at some point.”
Prince doesn’t think he’ll be traded.
“It was brought up that if I could go to a team where I could win, my answer was yes,” Prince said. “But at the same time, if it did not pan out, of course I would want to finish the final 25 games. I’ve been through the good times and the bad times. I never once walked in there (to Dumars’ office) and said I’ve got to go. I’ve struck through the thick and thin.”
Dumars said he has been given permission to make trades, despite the possible sale of the team soon. But it is believed he cannot make a trade for a player with a long-term contract or a high salary. He is allowed to trade for draft picks and expiring contracts.
“There are some parameters for us to make a deal,” Dumars said. “Yes, I can make a deal, but it has to fit within the parameters.”
Rip Hamilton doesn’t have the same sort of assurances as Prince. But you have to believe that if the Pistons aren’t willing to deal Prince, the chances of them moving Hamilton might just as slim.