In a deal completed just before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, the Detroit Pistons re-acquired Tayshaun Prince from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Luigi Datome and Jonas Jerebko.
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Hearing Pistons swung trade before the buzzer to reacquire Tayshaun Prince from Boston
— VinceEllis (@AlabamaScribe56) February 19, 2015
The Prince, Datome, and Jerebko swap was actually a part of a broader three-team deal involving the Phoenix Suns. The full workings:
Detroit receives: SF Tayshaun Prince
Boston receives: SF Jonas Jerebko, SF Luigi Datome, PG Isaiah Thomas (from Suns)
Phoenix receives: SG Marcus Thornton, 2016 first round pick (from Celtics)
While early reports suggested Prince may pursue a buyout, a league source told the Detroit Free Press that Prince will stick with the Pistons for the remainder of the season.
Prince was originally drafted by the Pistons with the 22nd pick in the 2002 NBA draft. He’d go on to play an integral role in Detroit as the starting small forward for Pistons teams that’d repeatedly challenge for NBA championships throughout the 2000’s. Most memorably, Prince’s key block in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals helped propel the Pistons to their first championship in 14 years.
In acquiring Prince, the Pistons parted ways with Jonas Jerebko, who was the longest tenured Piston, first joining the club as a second round pick in 2009. His playing time was sporadic throughout his career in Detroit, registering 88 career starts but also a numerous DNP’s.
Jerebko will be joined in Boston by Luigi Datome, who signed with the Pistons in 2013 as a means of providing a long range threat. His struggles in adjusting to the NBA game limited his playing time and ultimately made him expendable.
The trade caps a surprisingly busy day for the Pistons, as they also acquired Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson in a separate deal.