It almost seemed inevitable that Greg Monroe as not going to be back in a Pistons uniform. The odds were stacked against the fact that some Pistons fans would see their big man come back next season and pair up with Andre Drummond to continue their ascendance as the best young post tandem in the league.
Now what seems to be a possibility, has turned into near reality.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, Stan Van Gundy will move the big man either by sign and trade or letting him go to a team willing to make a max offer.
The move makes a lot of sense, considering Van Gundy’s offenses always focusing on one major player in the post and tons of shooting around them.
Obviously the choice comes down to who you believe is the franchise big man you can get the most out of. Without a doubt the answer is Andre Drummond, who many view as quite possibly the next Dwight Howard.
Deveney points out the Pelicans, Bobcats and Lakers all as trade targets. Naming the Lakers as the major front-runner for the big man’s services.
The Lakers are the other team most frequently mentioned among league executives when it comes to Monroe. If L.A. does not make any splashy moves around the draft, and if the Lakers are ready to concede that Carmelo Anthony is not coming, then they figure to target young, second-tier free agents—and Monroe is at the head of that list.
A max offer from the Lakers or Bobcats could be trouble for the Pistons, because it forces a stark choice: pay Monroe the max or lose him without return.
Deveney also points out that Michael Jordan’s agent David Falk is also Greg Monroe’s current agent. He is also the same agent that landed Roy Hibbert a four-year, $58 million deal with the Pacers after the Trail Blazers offered the max back in 2012.
The Bobcats would then see themselves in the same predicament last year’s Pistons were in with two interior players with much of the same skills. But Steve Clifford’s (through Jordan’s influence) approach is geared for that style of play.
I’d be shocked to see this summer that the Pistons don’t match any offer on the table to force a trade with someone like Dallas or Los Angeles.
It’s hard to let a top not asset walk away, without getting anything in return.