There's a graphic montage of the 2004 NBA champion Pistons in their practice facility, honoring all the contributions from that blue-collar, superstar-devoid anomaly. The image of Tayshaun Prince captures his lanky arm swooping up from behind an unsuspecting Reggie Miller, swiping away what should have been a game-clinching lay-up for Indiana in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals in Indianapolis.

"The Block" shifted momentum in the Pistons' favor.

It was fitting that Prince's long career as a Piston ended Wednesday at the site of his signature moment.

The Pistons parted with Prince and Austin Daye in deal with Memphis and Toronto that landed them point guard Jose Calderon -- and more important, his expiring $10.5-million contract.

Prince represents the last link of the "Goin' to Work" Pistons era highlighted by the 2004 championship as well as six consecutive trips to the conference finals. It's always a difficult decision parting with someone so deeply intertwined with an identity that paid many dividends.

But it was a move that was long overdue.

The Pistons finally have closed the chapter on that period.

In the Pistons' locker room following their loss to the Pacers, Prince expressed his surprise over the trade but acknowledged that he was ready to take "the next step" in his career.