The last member of the band has exited the stage.
Tayshaun Prince, the unsung starter on the Pistons' 2004 NBA title team, is headed to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a deal that brings the Pistons point guard Jose Calderon.
It was the final domino to fall in the Grizzlies' efforts to rid themselves of the high salary of Rudy Gay, and the Raptors were happy to oblige.
When the smoke clears, the Pistons have Calderon and his expiring salary, the Grizzlies have Prince and Pistons throw-in Austin Daye, a second-round draft pick and Ed Davis. The Raptors get Gay.
But Prince will no longer line up at small forward.
Prince received the news shortly before tip-off and watched from the visitor's locker room as his stunned former team fell to the Pacers, 98-79.
"I was shocked obviously," Prince said. "For me it's definitely a tough time, but now it's time for me to go on to the next page and make the most of it.
"I thought things were starting to go well here as of late; I thought the last month we were making strides."
Prince and Daye were listed as inactive Wednesday night. Prince and Daye arrived at Conseco Fieldhouse with the team before the game, but received word during the pregame. Daye went through his pregame workout before hearing the news.
Prince's tenure comes to a close at the place of his greatest solo act -- his block of Reggie Miller in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, a key play in that title run.
Tayshaun Prince, last member of 2004 NBA title team, leaves Pistons in 3-team trade
Detroit Free Press | Jan 31