Tayshaun Prince returning to Detroit
Auburn Hills — Well, there's a familiar name.
The Pistons swung a second deal Thursday, acquiring Pistons legend Tayshaun Prince from the Celtics. Forwards Jonas Jerebko and Gigi Datome are going to the Celtics in the deal.
The Pistons confirmed that move Thursday evening, welcoming Prince back on Twitter, shortly after confirming the earlier trade with the Thunder for point guard Reggie Jackson.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy left the team's practice facility before the announcements; he will meet with the media Friday.
It's the second time Prince, 34, has been traded this season; he was dealt from Memphis to Boston last month.
A member of the Pistons' 2004 championship team, Prince is in the twilight of his career. He's averaging just 23.4 minutes, the least time since he was a rookie for Detroit in 2002-03, after the Pistons drafted him late in the first round out of Kentucky.
He's averaged just 7.6 points this season, but remains an asset on defense — and that's an area van Gundy is focusing on, as the Pistons sit just two games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We're gonna have to be really committed at the defensive end of the floor," Van Gundy said earlier Thursday, before the trade deadline. "The defense has got to come back, our defensive rebounding has to come back. We've dropped in those areas and we've got to improve."
This is likely the last stop for Prince, who spent his first 10-plus seasons with Detroit, which shipped him to Memphis in January 2013.
Jerebko, who turns 28 on March 2, was a second-round pick by Detroit in 2009. He averaged 7.2 points and 1.5 rebounds.
Datome, 27, played parts of two seasons in Detroit. This year he played just 17 minutes over three games.