Report: Tayshaun Prince may discuss buyout with Pistons


So much for a homecoming. Just hours after the Pistons traded Jonas Jerebko and Gigi Datome to the Celtics to reacquire Tayshaun Prince, who spent 10-plus seasons in Detroit and was a key piece on their 2004 title team, chatter has already started that his return to the Motor City may not be for long.

From’s A. Sherrod Blakely:

A league source told that Prince may discuss a potential buyout with the Pistons before March 1 which would allow him to play for a more established, playoff-caliber team like the Los Angeles Clippers who, as reported by last week, will pursue him if he were to become available following a buyout.


Outside of a feel-good return, there isn’t much sense in Prince staying in Detroit. They may be a fringe playoff team, but they’re not a contender, and his minutes and roster spot would be better spent on the players who might help them going forward.

As for which teams might pursue Prince on the free-agent market should he get there, the Clippers are seen as the heavy favorite. They need wings, and even though Prince is past his prime, he fits the exact mold of players that Doc Rivers loves.

Between Prince and Kendrick Perkins, as well as the already-signed Amar’e Stoudemire, there are going to be some recognizable names on the buyout market. Not necessarily players who can help teams win, but names nonetheless.

Report: Thunder trade Reggie Jackson to Pistons, get Enes Kanter from Jazz in three-team deal


The Thunder wanted Enes Kanter.

The Pistons wanted a guard.

Reggie Jackson wanted to be traded.

Everyone got their wish – and then some.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

David Alrdridge of

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

This is a nice haul for the Thunder, who didn’t want to overpay Jackson in free agency this summer. Kanter is solid and still has plenty of untapped potential, and D.J. Augustin is a very good backup point guard who’s under contract for a cheap $3 million next season.

Jackson is an exciting young upgrade in Detroit, where Brandon Jennings will complicate matters once he gets healthy. For now, Jackson is the clear starter. The Pistons are weaker on the wing, but Jackson is worth losing Kyle Singler. Jonas Jerebko wanted out, and Luigi Datome had no real value. Tayshaun Prince mitigates the loss, but he’s over the hill. At least he – like Jerebko and Datome – is on an expiring contract.

Expect the  Jazz to get a draft pick, but details are still trickling in.

Report: Pistons aggressively seeking guard, looking at Jarrett Jack


The Nets are reportedly close to acquiring Reggie Jackson for Brook Lopez.

That would create a point guard logjam in Brooklyn, which also has Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack.

The Wizards have been mentioned as a Jack suitor, but they might have competition.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:

The Pistons’ interest in Norris Cole was already reported, but here’s a different spin from Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Jack would be a talent upgrade for Detroit, but he’s guaranteed for $6.3 million next season. The Pistons already have Brandon Jennings, D.J. Augustin and Spencer Dinwiddie under guaranteed contracts for next season. When Jennings gets healthy, that’s pretty crowded.

Stan Van Gundy has said he won’t sacrifice the future for the present. I doubt Jack makes him re-think that.

Report: Nets and Pistons discuss Joe Johnson-Brandon Jennings trade


The Nets want to trade Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and/or Deron Williams.

Lopez has been most-mentioned in trade reports, but Johnson has also drawn interest from the Hornets.

Another team in the Eastern Conference playoff race could also be exploring a Johnson trade.

Ohm Youngmisuk and Mike Mazzeo of ESPN

The Detroit Pistons have reached out to the Brooklyn Nets to inquire about the availability of former All-Star swingman Joe Johnson, according to league sources.

Sources told that no deal is imminent but said the teams have had exploratory discussions in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline about a trade package built around injured point guard Brandon Jennings and expiring contracts in exchange for Johnson.

Such a deal would look something like this:

  • Brandon Jennings
  • Jonas Jerebko
  • Caron Butler
  • Joel Anthony or Luigi Datome


  • Joe Johnson

The Nets would also need to include or waive two players – most likely from the group of Jerome Jordan, Darius Morris, Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson, each of whom has an expiring minimum contract.

But why would the Pistons do this?

Johnson’s $24,894,863 salary next season would wipe out their cap space. And for what? A declining 33-year-old – plus the loss of Jennings, who was playing exceptionally before his season-ending injury.

Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons won’t sacrifice future assets to chase a playoff spot, so it’s hard to see him making this deal. Maybe the Nets can leverage a better offer from Charlotte, which wouldn’t want to see Detroit improve, but that’s probably the upside for Brooklyn.

Report: Draymond Green has ‘significant interest’ in pursuing offer sheet with Pistons


Draymond Green is arguably the NBA’s best defender, a positive offensive contributor and a good teammate.

He’s also just 24 and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Will he return to the Warriors?

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

In a looming restricted free agency this summer, Golden State’s Draymond Green has a significant interest with pursuing an offer sheet with his hometown Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Of course Green wants to pursue an offer sheet with the Pistons – for sincere and insincere reasons.

I’m sure Green, who played for Michigan State, would enjoy playing for the Pistons. But he also enjoys playing for the Warriors, who can match any offer he receives.

The biggest impediment to Golden State keep Green would be its luxury-tax bill, but Warriors owner Joe Lacob says he’s willing to pay the tax next season.

Green is probably worth a max contract, especially because the salary cap will skyrocket in 2016. No team should be more certain of that than Golden State, which is the only team that can know Green fits its system. If the Warriors aren’t worried about the luxury tax, there’s no reason not to match any deal he receives.

Of course, Golden State probably shouldn’t rush to pay Green. Let the market dictate his price.

At this point, it’s on Green to secure a big offer elsewhere. If he can leverage the Pistons – who will probably lose Greg Monroe and could use a player like Green – into making it, that’s great.

The Warriors would probably match, which would be great for Green. And on the off chance they don’t, Green could return home, and they’d be great for him too.