Report: Celtics to Buyout Tayshaun Prince if They Can’t Trade Him

by February 18, 2015
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Veteran forward Tayshaun Prince is reportedly on his way out of Beantown, one way or another.

The Boston Celtics are said to be shopping the 34-year old Prince, but should a deal fail to materialize by Thursday’s trade deadline, the C’s will reportedly work on a contract buyout with Prince.

The LA Clippers — who are desperate for a wing player, having reportedly dangled Jamal Crawford in the hunt for Wilson Chandler or Arron Afflalo — are expected to take a hard look at Prince.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

As the Boston Celtics continue working to include forward Tayshaun Prince in a trade package, the organization plans to be accommodating with him on a contract buyout after the trade deadline should no deal emerge, league sources said.

 

As a free agent, Prince could become the most coveted player on the market this month – with the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers promising to be strong contenders, league sources said. Prince is a native of Los Angeles.

 

Prince, 34, is still capable of delivering solid minutes off the bench for a contender. The balance of his $7.7 million expiring deal makes it hard for Boston to find short-term expiring contracts in return for Prince. […] After missing out on Amar’e Stoudemire, the Clippers’ best chance to improve themselves for the playoff run will be securing a player – preferably Prince – on the free-agent market. For now, they simply don’t have assets to make a deal for a difference-maker.