Longtime NBA forward Tayshaun Prince is heading back to the franchise where it all started. The Detroit Pistons acquired Prince from the Boston Celtics in exchange for forwards Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome before the trade deadline Thursday, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Prince began this season as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, but has now been traded twice in two months. He arrived in Boston as part of the three-team deal that sent Jeff Green to the Grizzlies, and only appeared in nine games with the Celtics before the trade Thursday.
What the Pistons are getting
On the court, Prince is fairly limited at age 34. His once-strong defense has been undermined by waning athleticism, and while he can still hit open jumpers, there's not much more to his offensive game. Memphis wanted an upgrade badly at small forward for a reason.
However, there's a bit of a sentimental side to the move, not unlike Kevin Garnett returning to Minnesota for one last hurrah. Prince played his first 10-plus seasons in the NBA with the Pistons, and spent pretty much the entirety of his prime in the Motor City.
Those were great times for the Pistons, with Prince helping the team to a championship in 2004, and it's nice to see one of the familiar faces back in the mix. He probably won't do a ton to help the team's efforts to reach the postseason, and losing Jerebko also hurts a little, but it's a nice reunion.
What the Celtics are getting
Prince reportedly wanted a buyout if the Celtics didn't trade him, so the team instead gets a couple of European big men for depth. Jerebko is certainly the more notable name as a decent stretch four, and he actually may prove to be an upgrade for Boston.
Jerebko hasn't played a ton in Detroit due to a crowded frontcourt, but he's been pretty effective when out there. Over the past two seasons, he's shooting 47 percent overall and 39 percent from three, and while that's with a pretty low volume of shots, it's not like he'll be starring in the Celtics' offense going forward.
Datome isn't quite as interesting. He's a 27-year-old wing who can't really shoot and doesn't do enough other stuff to make up for it. In the modern NBA, it's just tough to be a wing who doesn't hit threes, and over his one-plus seasons in Detroit, Datome went 8-of-43 (18.6 percent) from beyond the arc.