The Detroit Pistons have finally made a move. It may not be the most popular move with the fans but it’s a smart move.
The Pistons were part of a 3-team deal that sends Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to the Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis sends Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto Raptors, and Toronto sends Jose Calderon to the Pistons and sends Ed Davis a second-round draft pick to the Grizzlies. The deal has been agreed to in principle and the league office is reviewing the trade.
If this trade becomes approved, the Pistons have made a very nice move for the franchise. Calderon is 31 years old so he’s only going to be a short term answer but the move shows that the Pistons have aspirations to make the playoffs. Calderon is a pass first point guard and he’s averaging 11.1 points and 7.4 assists. He shoots 42.9 percent from deep and 47.0 percent overall. Brandon Knight and Will Bynum are not pass first point guards. Knight had a career high 31 points against the Magic on Sunday playing shooting guard.
Calderon also has $10.5 million on his expiring contract. Corey Maggette, Jason Maxiell, and Bynum also have expiring contracts. Detroit is going to have money to play with this summer and they’re going to give chase to O.J. Mayo and Josh Smith in the offseason.
As for the players leaving, Prince and Daye they’ll be missed in the Motor City. Prince was the last player remaining from the 2004 championship team and he finishes 8th on the Pistons all-time scoring list. Who could forget that chase down block against Reggie Miller in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals? We’re all going to miss you in Detroit and good luck in Memphis. It’s a good soft landing for Prince who’s going to a contending team with a defense first mentality. He’ll play a good complementary role there.
As for Daye, he needed a change of scenery after a pretty unsuccessful time in Detroit.