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Morning Jolt: Prince open to leaving Pistons

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Friday, February 18

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Prince open to leaving Detroit

With the Pistons since being selected in the first round of the 2002 NBA draft, Tayshaun Prince may be playing his final games with the franchise. [Prince] said after Wednesday night's victory over the Pacers that he expects to still be in Detroit when next Thursday's trade deadline passes, but he's open to going to a contender. Prince, who will be a free agent after the season, was asked what he would think if Pistons president Joe Dumars asked him about a potential move. "It would be something I would definitely look at," Prince said. "Who wouldn't want to have that situation? Who wouldn't want the opportunity to play for another championship? So if it's intriguing enough, of course, I'd look at it." (Detroit Free Press)Comment

Vikings have most to fear in lockout

There aren't many winners in a lockout, but one would cut some teams deeper than others, and the Vikings have a new head coach and a new offensive system. The Vikings also have about a gazillion holes to fill. If this were a normal offseason, they would have access to a record 495 free agents beginning March 4. Zygi's a pretty generous guy, so chances are the Vikings would have filled a few of the bigger holes with some decent players. With the draft as the only way to improve during a lockout, the Vikings go in without a third-round draft pick. That's because Brad Childress threw it away on a 26-day rental on Randy Moss. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)Comment

Red Sox can dare to dream about Pujols

Would the Red Sox have room financially for Albert Pujols? [David] Ortiz's contract comes off the books after the season. So does the $14 million being paid J.D. Drew, the $12 million being paid Jonathan Papelbon, the $7.5 million being paid Mike Cameron, the $5 million being paid Marco Scutaro and the $2 million being paid Jason Varitek. That's more than $52 million right there. ... The starting rotation is set for the next four years, which leaves a ton of money left over to invest in another big bat. That's where Pujols comes in. Ask yourself this: When haven't the Red Sox gotten involved in the bidding for the biggest name out there? (

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