From the looks of it, Greg Monroe's time with the Detroit Pistons may be coming to an end. Monroe will be a restricted free agent this offseason, and Detroit's hiring of new head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy will likely put an end to the big frontcourt that failed to produce positive results this year.
Here's Sean Deveney of The Sporting News with more:
Now, with Van Gundy in place on an eyebrow-raising contract—five years, $35 million—there is near certainty among league executives that Monroe has played his last game for Detroit.
The fact that Van Gundy opted for the Pistons over the other team in pursuit of him—the Warriors—offers some insight, one league general manager told Sporting News.
'There are two things that made that job better for Stan,' the GM said. 'One is the fact that he gets to make personnel decisions, that is a big deal of course. But the other is Andre Drummond. If you want to build your team around a young player, Drummond is the guy.
'You’re not going to build around both him and Monroe, they had too much trouble making that work. You pick Drummond and move on from Monroe.'
With Monroe likely to garner a max offer sheet from some team this offseason, it wouldn't be a surprise if Van Gundy and Monroe's agent, David Falk, worked together to find a suitable sign-and-trade deal for Monroe. That way, Monroe would be able to play for a team that might not have enough available cap space, while Detroit could get pieces in return for losing their young big man.
What teams will be interested in Monroe during restricted free agency or via a sign-and-trade deal? Let's take a look at five likely suitors.