Tayshaun Prince and Will Bynum. Josh Smith, Jeff Teague and Jamal Crawford.
The Detroit Pistons do not appear close to swapping either of the first two players for any of the next three for one simple reason: No trade talks have taken place between the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks, according to a Pistons source.
The latest "rumor" -- that the Pistons could trade Prince and another player, possibly Bynum, for Teague and Crawford -- was floated in a column by Sekou Smith of NBA.com. He referred to it as "a great trade rumor" that he had heard.
But according to the Pistons source, that rumor was based on nothing, just like the rumor that the Pistons could soon trade Prince to the Hawks for Smith. There have been no talks about that trade either, I am told.
Of course, a Prince-Bynum for Crawford-Teague trade makes no sense, but I won't spend any time explaining why since that already has been done so well elsewhere.
One other thing: Since the day of the sale of the Pistons to the Ilitch family is drawing very near, do not expect the Pistons to make any moves now anyway. No one is going to get traded. No one is going to get fired. No one is going to get their contract extended. Not until the sale is done.
That is not information from a Pistons source, it is just common sense. Accountants and lawyers don't spend weeks studying the books and player contracts while analyzing the value of a franchise only to have a major move made at the last minute. Businesses going through sales simply stay the course until new owners come in and set a new one.
In addition to that, pretend that Joe Dumars was ready to pull the trigger on a trade at this very moment. Whom would he have to call to get the trade approved? Karen Davidson? Mike Ilitch? Both of them?
Of course, things can change. The completion of the sale might open up some options for Dumars. And the Pistons and Hawks could eventually make a trade.
But it sounds like the next time the Pistons and Hawks talk about a trade this season will be the first time.