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Rumor Mill: Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans Talking Sign-and-Trade?

June 17th, 2014 at 1:53 PM
By Sean Walters

The NBA season may have just ended, but there is certainly no time to waste. With the NBA Draft, and free agency quickly approaching now is the time to begin addressing next year’s team. The Detroit Pistons are looking ahead, and they may not be seeing Greg Monroe on next year’s roster.

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The Pistons are reportedly talking trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, and Greg Monroe is the main asset. The restricted free agent could be retained if the Pistons were to match any offer he got in free agency, but after a rough season, the Pistons may be looking to shake up the lineup.

Monroe had another solid season for the Pistons last year, he just may not fit into their future plans. The big lineup the Pistons used last year simply didn’t work, and Monroe may be the odd man out. Andre Drummond certainly isn’t going anywhere, and Josh Smith just signed a huge contract.

The restricted free agent contract Monroe is under essentially ensures the Pistons should be able to get something back for Monroe. An asset, or picks for the future would be a great help for a team that has many holes to fill.
A trade with New Orleans would possibly be centered around Ryan Anderson. Anderson has already played for Stan Van Gundy in Orlando and would be a perfect fit for the Pistons new look offense. Anderson could provide spacing as he is one of the NBA’s premier 3-point shooters. The problem with Anderson is he comes with a good deal of risk. He underwent spinal surgery in April and was given a 4-6 month timetable for rehab. Anderson just turned 26 last month but has been hurt throughout his career, and this latest back surgery would definitely need to be checked out before the Pistons pulled the trigger on any deal. Anderson has two years at over 16 million left on his deal, and the Pistons would be committing to the rest of that contract in the deal.

Greg Monroe may be heading home to New Orleans, or he may be off to any one of the other franchises in the NBA, but one thing is for certain. It is looking more and more likely that Monroe won’t be back in Detroit next season.

Tags: Basketball, Detroit, Detroit Pistons, Greg Monroe, NBA, Ryan Anderson

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