Greg Monroe and the three teams with trade interest

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May 14, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez (42) attempts to knock the ball away from San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

May 14, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez (42) attempts to knock the ball away from San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Portland was one of the first teams rumored to be interested in Greg Monroe, but many rejected the idea of Monroe to the Blazers after they signed Chris Kaman to a two-year deal worth 9.8 million.

David MacKay over at Rip City Project  thinks that a deal between the two teams may not be out of the question if the Blazers offered a combination of Robin Lopez, Thomas Robinson, and Dorrell Wright.

Lopez is capable enough to be a starter in Portland, but would still be valuable as a low-cost bench weapon. He and Drummond are both elite offensive rebounders (both top-3 league wide in 2013-14) and would make an impressive tandem at center. Robinson, the meat of this trade, would help fill the void left by Monroe, and have an opportunity to reach his full potential rather quickly in the starting lineup, while Wright provides desperately needed floor spacing and veteran leadership off the bench.

One of the main concerns the Pistons front office likely has over losing Monroe is the lack of depth in the front court. If the Pistons could land an established talent like Lopez to their bench that already features sharp shooters Jodie Meeks and Caron Butler they would probably feel pretty good about their return on Monroe.

Wright would be a seemingly natural fit with the right coaching and Robinson could be a high energy player that could find himself in the rotation.

I like the idea of this trade. Each player could find a role on the team this season and Thomas Robinson’s upside is enticing. Their salaries combine for a total of 12.2 million which would fit almost exactly what the Pistons offered Monroe initially.

The only thing that could sweeten the deal is if the Pistons found a way to replace either Wright or Robinson with Nicolas Batum.

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