The Dallas Mavericks need a small forward, and the latest trade rumor has them chasing Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons. The problem, though, is that the Pistons are unwilling to trade Prince. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, they continue to reject the Mavericks' trade offers.
Detroit won't deal Tayshaun Prince to Mavs for Caron Butler and a 1st. Even if Pistons can't re-sign him, he's asset in sign-and-trade.
Prince and Butler are both in the final year of their contracts, but Butler is injured and would not return until the postseason at the earliest. Essentially, the Pistons would be acquiring a first-round pick for Prince, and the pick is expected to be at the very end of the first round. I can understand why that trade does not appeal much to them.
The Mavericks will keep trying, though, since small forward is a real void for them. Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com reports that the Pistons are "driving a hard bargain" for Prince, and that the Mavericks may need to throw in another player to make the trade work.