First the Tayshaun Prince deal.
Early Thursday the Pistons turned down a deal that would have sent Tayshaun Prince to Dallas for the expiring contract of injured Caron Butler and a late 2011 first-round draft pick.
So the Pistons swap expiring deals and get a first round draft pick out of it. Why didn’t Joe D pull the trigger? Tayshaun Prince is worth more to them as a sign and trade if he’s not in a Pistons uniform next season.
This is the one that hurts:
Hamilton, who is owed $25 million for two more years after the current season, and who hasn’t played more than a few minutes since Laimbeer was wearing short shorts, would have been shipped to Cleveland for a future protected draft pick.
Sounds like the Pistons really don’t get a thing, but the fact is they are getting nothing from Rip and his contract at the moment no matter who you want to blame in this whole mess.
“We worked very hard through the trade deadline, but at the end of the day, there simply wasn’t a good deal for us to make,” Pistons president Joe Dumars wrote in an email to The Detroit News. If Hamilton would have been cut free, he would have become a free agent, free to sign with any team, most likely the Boston Celtics, who expressed interest in signing Hamilton.” via The Detroit News
So my initial reaction that I shared with twitter follower was:
Then the storm of tweets back at me followed and a good 95% of them were yes (that’s the G rated answer).
Pistons fans are upset and would have loved to see some of this mess resolved by seeing the whole Rip situation go away.
We can look at it from both sides.
I’m Rip, I don’t want to play for the worst team in the league and if I’m going to get bought out the money needs to be right. So that’s Rip’s side right?
Right now we don’t know the final number he was offered, but he did have a choice. He could have taken the money and played for a championship tomorrow with the Celtics who were drooling to pick him up.
So how do about 95% of the fans I have been in contact with feel? Upset, betrayed and held hostage by a player who they once loved and respected. In times when things are as bleak as they have been since the Pistons had horses on their jersey they wanted to see this thing settled in the any way possible.
Now for most it just looks like selfishness on Rip’s part. Add in anger towards Kuester, and displeasure that this sale hasn’t gone through.
Pistons fans…this is limbo.