2T4Y, there are many reasons why I think Tay's departure is more urgent than Rip's. First, let's analyze Tay the player. Typically the following abilities are attributed to Prince: Good defensive player. Glue-guy that keeps the team together. Veteran presence that provides leadership. Capable scorer as a 3rd option on the team. These qualities made Prince an invaluable piece of the 2004 championship team. Now, let's look at these one by one. #1: This no longer is true. Prince has become a lousy defender over the past few years. This may be more due to the fact that he doesn't care as opposed to diminishing skills. Whatever the reason is, he can no longer guard his man. He runs back during opponents' fast breaks, but not to challenge the shot. He simply runs parallel to the attacker and makes sure he gets out of the way. His perimeter defense is laughable. He's always late to rotate. He does put up a hand when he's defending shots, and he never fouls a shooter. That's because when he puts up his hand, it's more because it's something he's supposed to be doing as opposed to really trying to alter the shot. He is getting lazier and more disinterested every day. #2: This no longer is true either. He openly challenges the coach constantly, he rarely involves other players in the offense once he has the ball and he doesn't seem to care for any of the youngsters. Not only he is no longer "the glue", he is actually hurting team chemistry. Perhaps not with his words, but by his behavior, especially on the court. #3: He is a veteran, there's no doubt about that. However, none of his experience seems to influence anyone on the team. "Screw y'all, I'm the only one that can score and I ain't passin' the rock" attitude is not a way to lead a team. Arnie's bananas provide more leadership than him. #4: For long stretches in each game it looks like he feels like he's the #1 option and doesn't give the ball up. He ends up using too much of the clock and keeps forcing very difficult shots. He does score, but his one-man-above-all offense really throws off any rhythm and coherence the team has. As a result, even on nights where he scores a lot of points, his scoring actually hurts the team more than it helps. So, none of the qualities that made him a special player in the past apply any more. Prince without those 4 qualities is a mediocre player who is past his prime. Nothing more. On top of all this, his defeatest attitude, his ball hogging and bad decision making and Q's tendency to overplay him all make a bad situation worse. I really really like Prince as a player. Well, at least the player he used to be. I truly believe he has 2-3 more good years left in him. Just not here. His departure will be good for everyone. He will play better wherever he goes, and our team will be able to move forward. On the other hand, Rip can still produce. He can still score a lot of points and he is capable of mixing it up. Granted his departure would also be a very good thing for this team going forward, but he hasn't strayed away from the qualities that made him an All-Star. He is still a reliable mid-range shooter, still one of the best in the league. He can hit the spot-up three and post-up. Still can shoot the FTs at a good percentage too. Oh, and also, Q has been managing his minutes much better than last year. I see Prince as a roadblock to any wins. Rip on the other hand is still serviceable. Also, a Stuckey-Gordon-Rip backcourt rotation is much better than a Stuckey-Gordon-Bynum backcourt. I would prefer to see more of Bynum's minutes go to Gordon. Also, with Prince gone, T-Mac will play more minutes at SF, which will also mean more minutes to go around for guards.