Maggette for Prince?

Ty, of Courtside Analyst, writes,

The Bucks should offer the Pistons a solution to their festering problem in the form of a trade of SFs — Corey Maggette for Tayshaun Prince.  It might be a win-win for both teams.  And as far as CBA Salary Cap considerations, I tested the trade on the RealGM trade checker, and it worked (Trade ID #5737973).

The reason I suggest that the Bucks offer up Maggette so soon after acquiring him is because he is off to a very slow start in Milwaukee and it looks a little bit like he does not fit the system.  He doesn’t look comfortable at all, and his production reflects that.  Plus, he’s not the kind of aggressive defender that Scott Skiles favors anyway, and it shows in his allotted minutes.  Many projected him as a starter, but he’s getting second string minutes.

From the Pistons perspective, they can end an embarrassing situation and pick up a nice talent that fits their roster and style.  Corey was a very prolific scorer the past few seasons in Golden State and those talents probably have not diminished a whole lot.  Plus his basket attacking style would provide a needed counterpart to Detroit’s long range shooters.

From Milwaukee’s perspective, Prince would be a great addition.  Prince is not nearly the scorer Maggette is, but he is a proven defender, he is versatile, he is a reliable long-range shooter, and he is a guy who will move the basketball around.  Those are all qualities Skiles favors.

At first, I thought this was a great idea. Maggette is a to-the-basket SF that scores efficiently and gets to the FT line. This is a combination of skills we haven’t had in Detroit for some time. And I agree with Ty that Prince’s days in Detroit are numbered, and given what Joe’s done with cap space lately, a player of Maggette’s category might be the best we could hope to get out of Prince’s expiring deal.

From a Wins Produced perspective, it’s mostly a wash. Automated Wins Produced lists Maggette as a PF, so the WP48 numbers don’t compare correctly; however, the Adj.P48 numbers are comparable for both players.

The obvious concern – that I completely overlooked at first – is the salary commitment Detroit would have to make to yet another perimeter player. And as much as I like Maggette’s skillset, I’m not sure I could support committing to a perimeter player of his caliber without some significant house-cleaning first.

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7 thoughts on “Maggette for Prince?

  1. I am not sure what the deadline is, but I think there is a significant portion of the season in which teams can not trade free agents they signed that off-season. Even if the trade was palatable to both sides it may not be able to be completed until this period has passed. If the trade can’t be done until the beginning of January or something similar a lot of things may have changed. Prince could have forced the Pistons hand with his sour attitude and forced an earlier trade. Or Maggette could improve his play enough to convinve Milwaukee he has a long term future there. Still it’s an interesting idea.

      • That’s not as last as I thought. Still , from an outsider’s perspective it seems like the situation with Prince and Kuester is coming to a head. If they are going to move him, are they fine holding out for the best deal, or do they need to just dump him for whatever they can get?

        • Hard to say, as I am an outsider too in that I am not privy to internal operations:) Prince is our best trade asset. It’s hard for me to believe Dumars would just give him away.

  2. This trade is embarrassing on so many levels. Take a step back from the players involved and look at the underlying idea behind the trade.

    On Maggette: “Plus, he’s not the kind of aggressive defender that Scott Skiles favors anyway”

    On Detroit: “…they can end an embarrassing situation and pick up a nice talent that fits their roster and style”

    Wonderful. We are now seen as the team that would be a good fit for players like Maggette. This is just great.

  3. I wouldn’t want to pay Maggette 10 million for an extra two years. If he had an expiring deal, I would do it. If the Bucks included a guy like Larry Sanders, their rookie out of VCU, I would be all in. Prince and Wilcox for Maggette and Sanders works.

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