Greg Monroe and the three teams with trade interest

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Apr 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) is fouled by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) during the second half at the United Center. Chicago won 106-98. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Monroe is reportedly going to sign the Detroit Pistons qualifying offer which would pay him $5.479 million over the next season.

It should be noted that Moose is “reportedly” signing the qualifying offer. As Joe Dexter points out player’s of Monroe’s stature don’t typically sign one-year qualifying offers, but Monroe also hasn’t seemed overly thrilled about a long-term stay in Motor City.

With Monroe’s long-term situation in Detroit in doubt, the Pistons need to start exploring trade options between now and the February trade deadline.

With a relatively low contract number and a lot of upside, you’d think the Pistons wouldn’t have any trouble dealing Monroe, who average just over 15 points and 9 rebounds per game last season, but keep in mind that Monroe is only under contract for the 2014-2015 season.

Meaning he would obviously have to agree to the trade and likely have to agree to a long-term deal with the team that acquires him if the Pistons are going to get fair value.

Losing Monroe might seem like a huge loss for the Pistons, as big men with his skill-set don’t grow on trees, but like I’ve said before the nucleus of Smith, Monroe, and Drummond just doesn’t work.

At this point the Pistons are in a less than ideal situation and need to keep an open mind about what they can get in exchange for Monroe. Whether they can acquire future assets, a much needed small forward, or a package of players- any of the above are better than the alternative- which is losing a really good player in his prime for nothing.

If the Pistons can get fair value out of Monroe — which is a big if — then the club can still add missing pieces to their roster as they try to keep pace with the rest of the Central division.

Let’s take a look at who the Pistons might be able to swing a deal with.

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