Remember that fan that found out the hard way his favorite player Tayshaun Prince got traded? Well the Commercial Appeal and Grizzlies decided to do something about it. Inviting huge Prince fan Cory Brandt and his family to a game in Memphis to meet his idol. The former Pistons player was honored to meet his biggest fan.
“I know what you felt at the time, and I was going through it,” Prince told Brandt, presenting him with an autographed No. 21 Prince Griz jersey. “Things happen for a reason, that’s why you’re here today and why I’m here today. You touched a lot of people in my family and I just want to say thanks for what you did.”
The Toronto Raptors have agreed in principle to acquire Memphis Grizzlies scorer Rudy Gay, according to several media reports.
In return, the Raptors would send point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis to Memphis. Source told ESPN.com that the Grizzlies would then ship Calderon to a third team, with the Detroit Pistons being the leading contender.
The trade would include Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye going to the Grizzlies in exchange for Calderon, according to the report.
Sources also told ESPN.com that Toronto will also get Grizzlies reserve centre Hamed Haddadi.
Back to his old self, Richard Hamilton scores 30 as Pistons beat Kings
Hamilton scored 30 points and Detroit pulled away in the third quarter to defeat the struggling Sacramento Kings, 101-89, on Tuesday night.
â€œHeâ€™s getting his legs back, thatâ€™s important,â€ Pistons coach John Kuester said. â€œHeâ€™s coming off screens well, and itâ€™s allowing him to get good looks.â€
Hamilton severely sprained an ankle in the first game of the season and didnâ€™t return until the second week of December. It has taken a while for his game to come around completely.
Averaging 30.5 points in his past four games, he made 12-of-20 shots and hit all five free throws to extend his streak to 51 in a row.
TheÂ Boston Celtics appear willing to make major roster changes to balance a chance for a championship run and future financial flexibility. TheÂ Celtics offeredÂ Ray Allen andRajon Rondo to theÂ Detroit Pistons for a package that includedRichard Hamilton,Â Tayshaun Prince andÂ Rodney Stuckey, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Boston general manager Danny Ainge and Detroit’s Joe Dumars never spoke, but rather theÂ Celtics had a lower-level executive make the pitch to aPistons official over the past weekend, league sources said. Detroit immediately rejected the idea, and it never advanced to the two top executives speaking about particulars. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence for a GM like Ainge to dispatch an underling to make that kind of a call, if for no other reason to give the top executive some level of deniability that he’s shopping his stars.
The Pistons have been doomed since the Allen Iverson trade and now the off season has begun for the Pistons thanks to a Cleveland hammering in the playoffs and Joe Dumars has to officially break up the band like Destiny’s Child.Â
TheÂ PistonsÂ will likely undergo a major roster overhaul in the off-season as this season is just not acceptable to a franchise used to battling for Eastern Conference supremacy. Besides,Antonio McDyess,Â Rasheed Wallace,Â Kwame BrownÂ andÂ Allen IversonÂ are all unrestricted free agents. Iverson is a goner with Wallace likely out, too. McDyess’ future is a little more up in the air. It’s Brown’s option whether he will stay or not, but with a $4 million contract guaranteed, it’s hard to see him finding that kind of deal anywhere else in this economy and with many teams looking to shed salary.Â Walter HerrmannÂ andÂ Will BynumÂ are restricted free agents. It’s hard to see Herrmann back, but it’s the team’s option on Bynum and he’s expected back. As for Michael Curry, it appears he will return for a second season despite presiding over this transition season. He has two years left on the $2.5 million per year deal he signed last year when he became a rookie head coach. As for the rest of the roster, Joe Dumars will likely be very active this summer in free agency, so it remains to be seen what other players may be moved.
For the record, Chauncey Billups was like Beyonce.