Now, according to Detroit Sports 105.1’s Matt Dery — it looks like the Pistons have been also thrown in the mix for a possible deal involving Greg Monroe.
Lots of chatter about Greg Monroe today. Pacers shopping Hibbert and a source tells me they have called the Pistons about him. All I know.
— Matt Dery (@dery1051) August 10, 2014
The attempts to move Hibbert show just how desperate Larry Bird and company are to find a scorer for the upcoming season.
In order to make a move though, they have to get money off the books. The only way to do that is deal the remaining $30 million that remains on Hibbert’s two years under contract.
The Pacers front office might of made the call to check in on Monroe, but it’s hard to believe that the Pistons would have any interest in a Hibbert for Monroe swap.
Unless Stan Van Gundy doesn’t believe that Andre Drummond can provide the interior defense and rim protection he’s looking for on a nightly basis.
Quite frankly, if the Suns were interested in Hibbert or a big man in the first place (they were rumored suitors for Greg Monroe), wouldn’t it make more sense for a dual sign and trade for Eric Bledsoe?
Hibbert finished fourth in the league in blocks per game, while Drummond finished 10th. Despite the jabs that have been thrown at Josh Smith, he also finished in the top 15 in blocks per game last season.
Speaking of Smith, wouldn’t a deal for Hibbert more than likely involve him?
Rumor aside, A presence of Roy Hibbert, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith defensively seems like a better group than Smith, Drummond and Monroe.
If the Pistons are really looking to move Monroe, this might be their only chance. If they can pick up a shooter, such as Chris Copeland — the deal might be worth it to Stan Van Gundy and company.
Both teams truly understand how hard it’s going to be to move their assets and it’s in those instances that trades are usually made.
Personally though, I’m not buying into the possibility of a sign and trade inside the Central.