Cavs News: Cavaliers Reach Out To Free Agent Tayshaun Prince

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It looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers are wasting no time in shoring up their depth along the perimeter.

According to Chris Haynes of, the Cavaliers have reached out to free agent small forward Tayshaun Prince. Despite being 35 years of age, he remains a defensive presence. Prince played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons last season and averaged 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 58 games played.

Prince is best known for his role as a defensive stopper during the Pistons’ run of the mid-2000’s. The 6’9″ forward was instrumental in helping Detroit win the 2004 NBA Finals over the heavily-favored Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite being in his second year at the time, he was the player responsible for guarding and slowing down Kobe Bryant, in which he was successful.

From 2005 until 2008, Prince made four consecutive appearances on the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team.

Because the Cavs have limited cap space, they can only offer the taxpayer mid-level exception or the veteran’s minimum.

If signed by Cleveland, Prince would likely fill the role left over by the recently retired Shawn Marion.

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D.J. Siddiqi is a staff writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has followed the NBA passionately since the 90's and has taken a keen interest in following LeBron James' career since he was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft. Once a critic of LeBron, DJ has grown to admire James as he has evolved from 18-year-old phenom to a four-time MVP and two-time NBA Champion. He looks forward to bringing his knowledge of the game to Cavaliers Nation.