So it's a cap dump for Detroit? Get rid of Prince's three year deal for Calderon's expiring contract?
I wonder who they are planning on making a run at in the off-season. Presumably a wing player. Maybe Iguodala. He seems like a Pistons player.
I see the logic, but I hate the move for Detroit.
Prince was the soul of that team, the professional veteran that the younger players could emulate. He wasn't hindering the development of Drummond or Monroe; quite the contrary, he complemented them quite well. I suspect Dumars had a talk with Prince, and got his blessing to send him to a contender. Memphis gets a solid 3-and-D guy who will knock down occasional jumpers, keep the ball moving on offense, and will harrass opposing 3s on defense (Kevin Durant).
And, much like last year (trading away a 2013 1st rounder to unload Ben Gordon for an expiring deal), Dumars unnecessarily added sweetener to rid the Pistons of a long term contract. Daye is not an A-level prospect, but he has some upside. (In terms of salary filler, I'd have preferred to see Kravstov and a minimum salary rookie like English or Middleton included to make the numbers work.)
Poor Calderon. He crosses the Ambassador Bridge, and lands on another moribund team going through the motions. I hope he gets bought out or flipped for something else.
It's going to be a brutal transitional year for Pistons fans. They still have the amnesty bullet, so they could cut Villanueva, opt to release Stuckey, and go into the next season with tons of cap space to fill around Drummond, Monroe, and Knight. Of course, the last time Dumars had cap space to play with, it was a disaster.