HoopsHype Greg Monroe + Trade rumors
One player who has been mentioned in trade rumors throughout this season is Greg Monroe, the young power forward who will be a restricted free agent this offseason since he couldn’t agree on an extension with the Pistons. It’s no secret that Josh Smith is better at the four, and it’s possible that Detroit moves the valuable Monroe to upgrade another position and slide Smith over to power forward. One team is interested in Monroe is the Washington Wizards, according to multiple league sources. It’s becoming clear that Washington is planning to pursue in Monroe, either through trade or free agency. Basketball Insiders
The Pistons aren’t shopping Monroe but they’re near the point where at least listening would be prudent, although the market for shot-creating small forwards isn’t the greatest (Philadelphia’s Evan Turner, Golden State’s Harrison Barnes), and they’re not giving away Monroe for pennies on the dollar. Detroit News
Vince Ellis: I can actually put out some news here with this question: I can say with certainty there is no talk of trading Greg Monroe currently. Could that change? Sure, but right now the Pistons are going to be patient. If this bad stretch continues ..... who knows? Detroit Free Press
The name most people talk about is big man Greg Monroe, but the more likely trade chips are the ending contracts of Rodney Stuckey ($8.5 million) and Charlie Villanueva ($8.5 million). Of the two, Stuckey clearly has more trade appeal and at the deadline Detroit will have paid the bulk of Stuckey’s deal. HoopsWorld
Being enamored with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo isn’t anything new for the Pistons, but the two sides aren’t likely to embark on a trade any time soon. The Boston Globe reported the Pistons offered guard Brandon Knight and an expiring contract — either Rodney Stuckey or Charlie Villanueva, as cap relief — for Rondo, who’s recovering from an ACL tear. The Celtics would want Andre Drummond, who’s obviously not available and won’t be, and the Pistons want to see how the frontcourt of Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith play together before making any deals to drastically alter their foundation. Detroit News
The Pistons are actively looking for a big man, but more than likely you will see a veteran's minimum type at some point. What about the trade market? The Pistons are not trading their two most valuable commodities -- Knight and second-year big man Greg Monroe. Other players who other teams might want -- Tayshaun Prince, Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko -- were their own free agents and the Pistons just re-signed them, taking them off the market for now. Detroit Free Press
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