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Pistons trade Greg Monroe to Minnesota Timberwolves for Alexey Shved and 2013 first-round pick
The Minnesota Timberwolves are in a unique situation. Despite being one of the league's most dysfunctional teams for the better part of the last decade, they finally have put some pieces together.
Ricky Rubio is on the cusp of stardom despite injuries, Kevin Love might be the most talented all-around big man in the game, and they have done a fine job in supplementing that talent through the draft in recent years.
That being said, center Nikola Pekovic is a free agent, and the Timberwolves are going to need to replace him potentially after the season.
Even if he sticks around, he is already 27 years old and could be primed for a Marcin Gortat fall.
The Timberwolves don't have a ton of holes in their lineup, so another lottery pick might not be overly needed.
What would be a nice addition would be a difference-making big man to park next to Kevin Love.
Sure, this team wouldn't be great down low defensively, but it would score a ton with two big men that can pass the rock and score in multiple ways.
For Detroit, Alexey Shved would be a great player to plug into the lineup. He is tall (6'6"), can shoot from deep (although his 29 percent mark is somewhat disconcerting, it is also misleading considering how much attention the defense can focus on him given the injury woes in Minnesota) and is a natural playmaker who can create shots for himself and teammates.
This year he has shown that he can play the point plus both wing positions. At the very least, he would be a nice bench player.
The Minnesota pick would probably be somewhere around the seventh or eighth pick overall, giving the Pistons a chance to draft two impact players.