What direction are Pistons headed?

Posted: December 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Its hard to figure out exactly what direction the Pistons are going with their team after the past couple days.

The team has provided mixed signals by signing Tayshaun Prince to a  four-year deal worth $27 million, but then the next day proceeding to all together waive veteran Rip Hamilton.

The Pistons parted ways with veteran guard Richard Hamilton on Friday. Hamilton is the franchise's all-time leader in playoff scoring. (B. Calloway photo)

Hamilton and Prince join veteran center Ben Wallace as holdovers from the 2004 Pistons team that won the NBA title. They are on the back ends of their careers and aren’t long-term solutions for the team. That is why it was surprising that the Pistons would sign Prince to a deal, especially after he had attracted interest from contending teams and could have also been dealt elsewhere to address a need for the Pistons (i.e a decent center).

You could argue that Prince will provide leadership for the young Pistons, but why can’t they use Wallace – who was already under contract – to do the same things and improve by getting something for Prince?

Also Prince and Austin Daye, who will be entering his third season, have similar games. Both are long, lanky players that can step outside and hit the 3. Bringing back Prince could take away from the development of Daye because obviously he will take away some playing time from the third-year player.

The Pistons aren’t close to being a contender and it would be best to build around a young core of second-year big man Greg Monroe, rookie point guard Brandon Knight and Daye.

Getting rid of Hamilton did free up a logjam the Pistons had at guard, which was something that needed to be done. Hamilton also was a lockeroom problem last season so that could help in that regard as well.But the Pistons didn’t use the amnesty clause to get his contract off the books so its interesting to see if they do indeed use it.

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