The New Orleans Pelicans have been pretty verbal about being interested in hometown big man Greg Monroe over the last few weeks. Now it seems that their interest is genuine, according to Gery Worlfel of the Racine Journal Times.
Hearing a sign & trade package deal involving Detroit's Greg Monroe and N.O.'s Ryan Anderson has been discussed.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) July 1, 2014
It’s seems as more and more suitors develop out of the woodwork, the more likely is that the Pistons are interested in dealing Monroe if he is offered a max contract by a team. It would seem that the Pistons could receive a better package than one starring Ryan Anderson, who missed most of last season due to a neck injury.
Detroit could be interested in the handful of point guards on the Pelicans roster in a deal as well. If things don’t work out with Isaiah Thomas, Jrue Holiday could be a potential target in a point guard swap.
The Pistons also might be talking with the Pelicans about a dual sign and trade swap that would send Monroe to the Pelicans for assets plus Anthony Morrow, who is a free agent the Pistons covet as a three point shooting threat.
It’s hard to picture a sign and trade that doesn’t include Anderson, because there really isn’t any other players on their roster that are available that should interest Detroit.
It’d be extremely hard to match the talents of Monroe with the players on the Pelicans roster. As mentioned, Ryan Anderson is coming off a major injury. Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday have continued to see declines in their game. Eric Gordon has been a solid NBA player over the years, but has always struggled to stay healthy.
Do you think the Pelicans are a good fit? Would a Ryan Anderson return be enough to ship Monroe to New Orleans?