It's worth noting that they don't, as they're more than welcome to remain mired in mediocrity while utilizing a frontcourt that really doesn't work. But if they want to make the most logical decision, one that involves trading away the future restricted free agent, then that could work too.
Right now, it appears as though the Pistons are opting for the former strategy.
"Sources briefed on the situation told ESPN.com this week that the Pistons have been telling teams with Monroe interest that the restricted free agent-to-be—no matter what you've heard—is not available," wrote ESPN's Marc Stein.
Forgive me if I choose to believe this is a smokescreen, one meant to drive up the price and make other franchises offer more than the market value for the man they call "Moose."
Trading Monroe still makes sense because the Pistons are going to have to pay him an exorbitant amount of money even if they do keep him.
Moving the big man lets Andre Drummond remain the center of attention and shifts Josh Smith to his natural spot at power forward. If Smoove is able to play in his natural spot, he should play more effectively than Monroe ever does.
So keeping in mind that a trade isn't guaranteed or even highly likely to occur at this stage, what could Detroit get back for the man who may or may not be on the block?