The four-year, $28 million contract Tayshaun Prince signed with the Pistons in 2011 didn’t necessarily make him overpaid, but it was definitely too long.
Prince will make $7,235,955 and $7,707,865 the next two seasons, seasons that will end with him 34 and 35 years old. He played fairly well for an improved Grizzlies team, but there was a reason the Pistons traded him for Jose Calderon’s expiring contract. Though Detroit wanted to use Calderon to make a playoff run and then re-sign him, simply dumping Prince in the three-team Rudy Gay trade was worthwhile on its own.
Before adding Corey Brewer for the mid-level exception, the Wolves had an opportunity to acquire Memphis forward Tayshaun Prince for minimal in return.
Absorbing Prince into its cap space for something like a second-round pick would have made the Timberwolves better next season, but the 27-year-old Brewer offers more upside for Minnesota.
At his age and salary, Prince doesn’t have much trade value. But the Grizzlies are a winning team, and on the court, losing Prince would likely hurt them. Is Quincy Pondexter really ready to fill a much larger role? When the difference could be winning a playoff series or not, now isn’t the time for Memphis to take that chance.