Welp, that was quick.
After playing just 23 games with the Pistons in his second go-around with the club, Tayshaun Prince appears to be headed north. According to reports, Prince and the Minnesota Timbewolves have agreed to a one-year deal for the league minimum.
Prince spent his first 10 NBA seasons in Detroit as the Pistons’ ultra-reliable starting small forward. Following a trade to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013, Prince bounced over to the Boston Celtics before being re-acquired by the Pistons at the 2015 trade deadline.
As Pistons head coach and team president Stan Van Gundy looked to shed bodies and contracts with an eye on the future, Prince was expected to serve as a veteran presence for the final portion of the 2014-15 regular season before moving on upon the expiration of his contract. Prince made seven starts for the Pistons last season, averaging 7.3 points on .431 percent shooting in all.
In Minnesota, Prince will join a Timberwolves core heavy on youthful exuberance, featuring 2015 Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins and 2015 #1 overall draft pick Karl Anthony-Towns. However, at age 35, Prince currently stands as only the third oldest player currently on the Wolves roster, trailing Andre Miller and Kevin Garnett, who are both 39 years old.
Prince’s 792 games as a Piston places him fifth on the team’s all-time list. In addition, Prince ranks in the top ten among all Pistons in points (8th), rebounds (10th), assists (9th), and blocks (7th). His well-documented block on the Pacers’ Reggie Miller in Game 2 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals is considered by many as being the greatest defensive play in NBA playoff history. Prince’s block would help propel the Pistons to their only NBA championship in the last 25 years.