The Detroit Pistons have added a lot of depth and perimeter shooters in free agency this off-season, but there are still moves to be made if they want to keep up with Chicago and Cleveland in a tough central division.
One area that has been the subject of debate this off-season is what Stan Van Gundy decides to do at power forward.
Greg Monroe is currently a restricted free agent , but it appears all contract negotiations are at a stall until Monroe decides on what he wants to do. One of the issues floated around Monroe was his reluctance to place with Josh Smith, who SVG has expressed a desire to keep around for second season.
While it still remains likely that both Smith and Monroe will remain on the roster heading into 2014 the Pistons need to account for the possibility that it might be better to move on from Monroe if he truly doesn’t want to stay in Detroit long-term.
As it turns out, Milwaukee has the ultimate SVG power forward in Ersan Ilyasova, who is rumored to be available.
According to Joel Brigham of Basketball Insiders:
“Both (Mayo and Iilyasova) are being shopped. Ilyasova should have been traded like three years ago, but ownership loved him so much that they wouldn’t let him go. These days he’s not quite as valuable as he used to be, but he’s still a piece that can be sold off for something.”
While it is unknown what Milwaukee is wanting in return for Ilyasova, the Pistons would surely be interested in acquiring the 27-year-old veteran’s services to strengthen a second unit that could include D.J. Augustin, Jodie Meeks, and Kyle Singler.
Financially, it wouldn’t be hard to strike a deal between the teams with Milwaukee set to pay at least 50 million in contracts this season (NBA cap is 63.065 for 2014-2015) leaving the Bucks and Pistons with around 12 million dollars of negotiating room.
With Ilyasova coming off a poor season from behind the arc and a relatively high contract number-16 million over the next two seasons, the asking price shouldn’t be too steep for a team that is transitioning to a younger roster.
The question in whether a deal would even be considered lies solely on what the outcome is with the Pistons and Greg Monroe. If Monroe and the Pistons decide it is best to part ways than the Pistons might be interested in looking towards their division rival Milwaukee Bucks to strike a deal.