Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe is in a difficult spot. As a restricted free agent, he’s no doubt looking for a big offer sheet to sign. The market for his services, though, might not be as robust as he had hoped. Without the ability to block shots or shoot from range, Monroe’s skill set isn’t exactly in style right now.
That doesn’t mean he’s not an incredibly valuable player, it’s just that finding a fit may be tough. There’s also the issue that teams might believe Detroit will match any reasonable offer, despite its frontcourt logjam with Josh Smith and Andre Drummond.
The Pistons may be taking steps to remedy that, though. Here’s Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
The Detroit Pistons and the Sacramento Kings have resumed trade discussions on a deal that could send Josh Smith to Sacramento, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
Sources told ESPN.com the Kings have continued to express interest in Smith and the parties are on the hunt for a third team that could help facilitate the deal.
Basically, it’s a waiting game right now for Monroe. He needs to find a team he wants to spend the next four years with, and that team has to be willing to put up a huge offer for him. He also has to decide how badly he wants out of Detroit, if at all.
Here's what Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told David Mayo of MLive.com:
“The nervousness is just the unknown. It’s not knowing, beyond this year, especially, where you’re going. But again, we have plenty of time, if something happened, to adjust for next year and everything else.”
Let’s take a look at some of the potential sign-and-trade landing spots for Greg Monroe.