Report: Clippers interested in acquiring Tayshaun Prince from Celtics

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The Clippers did a lot of shuffling recently to acquire a backup point guard whose ability to truly help the team this season is questionable, at best.

What they really need, and have all season, is help at the wing position.

L.A.’s latest proposed move is intended to finally address that.

From Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

As Tayshaun Prince prepares to meet with Celtics to discuss future, the Clippers have registered interest in acquiring him, source says.

If Prince doesn’t want to stay in Boston, the Celtics would pursue trade avenues before agreeing to buyout, source said.

A buyout, however, is the preferred method of acquiring Prince for the asset-strapped Clippers.

It’s difficult to see why Prince, now in his 13th NBA season, would have any interest in staying in Boston, where a full-fledged rebuild is in the middle of taking place. A buyout makes more sense, especially if the Clippers are the preferred destination since they have little to offer in the way of assets after giving most of the low-level ones away in the deal that netted them Austin Rivers.

Prince came to Boston as part of the trade that sent Jeff Green to Memphis, and is a three-and-D guy at this stage of his career that could provide at least a little bit of help to a Clippers team with zero depth at his position.

Prince is averaging a carer-best 45.5 percent from three-point distance this season, while playing 24.2 minutes per contest with the Grizzlies before he was dealt.