ORLANDO FL - JANUARY 24: Tayshaun Prince #22 of the Detroit Pistons attempts a shot over Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Arena on January 24 2011 in Orlando Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this Photograph user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Tayshaun Prince is an unrestricted free agent, which is kind of weird to all of us. He was drafted by the PIstons in 2002 as a scrawny kid out of Kentucky that no one really expected to amount to anything. He emerged as a defensive stopper in the Pistons' 2004 championship run, thanks to his astounding length, and has been a leader in Motown for almost a decade now.
However, the Pistons are in complete rebuilding mode. They have a good core of young players to build around in Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight, Austin Daye and Rodney Stuckey, and, after last year's veteran uprising against former head coach John Kuester, there doesn't seem to be much of a place for Prince in Detroit. Given his unrestricted free agent status, it seems likely that he's headed elsewhere, which is strange.
He's been a Piston for the entirety of his 10-year career, a feat that's growing increasingly rare in the era of "competitive balance." Outside of his stint with Team USA in the Beijing Olympics, no one's seen him in anything but blue since high school. Among the teams rumored to have interest in the 31 year-old's services are the Clippers, as reported by the Los Angeles TImes, and the Spurs, who were reportedly the first team to exercise the amnesty clause on their former small forward, Richard Jefferson.