Apr 16, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Palace Picks: The future of Greg Monroe

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Today is a day of dreams and changes. For 100+ players, their making changes needed to get their name called next Thursday. For fans, questions are being raised about who is going to be selected to help their team.

Cleveland fans are wondering when the last time a coach wasn’t in place for a team by the time they selected the first overall pick.

And Pistons Palace is hoping that we can get through one Palace Picks segment someday without talking about the stinkin’ Cavaliers.

Here are your Friday Picks!

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Let’s start with NBA Draft Dreams. We all have them. That one player we hope our team selects even though we know the odds are like 300-1. That’s not the case though for Piston Powered.  Well, it’ll be a miracle if Cleanthony Early drops to 38th in the draft, but, he would be a great fit if he did.

Early is exactly the type of versatile player that the Pistons need to acquire this offseason. Early does things offensively that the Pistons desperately need. He sets screens, stretches the floor, is a great finisher in transition and genuinely appears to enjoy playing off the ball. He can also come off screens and make open shots:

It seems like this year’s version of Draft excitement from fans will actually comes from what materializes from the current Greg Monroe situation. We know that Stan Van Gundy really wants the big man back, as Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press reports. Ellis says that Van Gundy has been in daily contact with Monroe’s agent, David Falk.

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News says that the Hawks, Pelicans and Washington Wizards have expressed interest in offering the restricted free agent a contract.  He also reiterates how important Monroe is to Van Gundy and company.

“He’s a very high priority for us,” Van Gundy said. “We have ideas on who might offer him what. Our strategy is if Greg gets a max offer, what are we gonna do? There’s only three things we can do. He can sign a qualifying offer, sign him (to a long term deal) or do a sign-and-trade.”

A qualifying offer is out of the question when you consider the long term security that Monroe could land with either the Pistons or another offering team.

In my opinion, a sign and trade is more likely of an option than people are giving it credit for. Last summer we didn’t see it much across the league, but there wasn’t young talent out there like Monroe. I believe the Pelicans could be at the forefront of a deal, but still don’t buy that Ryan Anderson would be the main target for the Pistons.  I have a feeling the Pistons brass really like Eric Gordon.

You know what the NBA is loving right now? The unveiling of the new Charlotte Hornets uniforms. According to ESPN.com, there is more than just a change in color for Charlotte. The whole league will have the NBA logo positioned differently during the 2014-15 campaign.

All NBA teams will be wearing the logo on the back for the 2014-15 season, the league confirmed to ESPN.com. A league official called it a “stylistic move” but declined to comment further.

Eighteen of the NBA’s 30 teams have a team logo in the rear-neckline spot. The league official confirmed that those logos all will be replaced by the repositioned league logo.

The move is sure to fuel speculation that the NBA is preparing to move ahead with its long-planned program of jersey advertising. Removing the league logo from the front of the jersey will clear more space for an ad patch and remove what would otherwise be a competing visual icon.

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