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

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.