January 20, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (1) center Greg Monroe (10) and Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) go for a rebound in the fourth quarter at The Palace. Detroit won 103-88. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Celtics target Greg Monroe?

There will be a ton of teams that have interest in Greg Monroe next summer. One of them seems to be the Boston Celtics, writes Comcast Sportsnet New England’s A. Sherrod Blakely.

Monroe signing a qualifying offer with the Pistons creates realistic hope that next summer, Boston will at the very least be on his short list of teams to consider considering their need and the fact they will have significant salary cap space.

The appeal for both the player (Monroe) and the franchise is undeniable.

Watching him try to mesh with Andre Drummond and Josh Smith last season in Detroit, it was clear that a change of scenery – and some new teammates – would do Monroe a world of good.

Even as Detroit struggled, Monroe still averaged a respectable 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Questions about his game defensively are legit, but some of his struggles had to be attributed to player-combinations on the floor that simply did not work which was evident by Detroit being a bottom-10 team defensively.

Even with all the additions Boston made this summer, which includes 7-foot Tyler Zeller, the Celtics still could use a big man such as Monroe.

He immediately becomes their most polished center offensively, which would open up more driving lanes for Boston’s bevy of perimeter players.

In terms of how he would fit in to the Celtics culture, that would be the least of Boston’s concerns.

And remember, his agent is David Falk, who already has a trio of clients (Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger and Evan Turner) on the Celtics roster.

That in itself won’t get a deal done, but there is a tremendous amount of respect between Falk and the Celtics ,which has a way of making negotiations go a lot smoother.

And that would once again provide the Celtics with a key addition to the roster that came about as much because of circumstances, as the mystique that is Boston Celtics basketball.

Let the rumors of Monroe’s future begin to swirl.

Depending on Rajon Rondo’s future in Boston, the Celtics could be one of the few teams that would be willing to do some type of trade during the season for Monroe.

If Danny Ainge wants to keep Rondo in the plans, the Celtics won’t have enough cap space to offer Greg Monroe the max. If they dealt some assets to Detroit — or even sent Rondo at the end of his deal to Detroit — it would give them the space they need for an extension.

It’s way too early to speculate about the summer of 2015. Yet the Celtics have always been a team that has coveted Greg Monroe’s skill set.

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