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Dec 16, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) saves the ball from going out of bounds while guarded by Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and forward Paul George (24) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 11, 2014

The saga of Detroit Pistons restricted free agent Greg Monroe still doesn't have a resolution. The team would like to keep its star, but it's becoming clearer every day that Monroe wants out of Motown.

Monroe still appears to be drawing interest around the league as most teams figure the Pistons will have to deal him at some point.

Most recently, Matt Dery of The New Detroit Sports 105.1. reports the Indiana Pacers have come calling: 

Even if you're not down on Roy Hibbert as a player, it seems difficult to see how he and Andre Drummond's games would complement one another.

Monroe's finesse game on the block is an ideal contrast to Drummond's athleticism and power. Hibbert isn't nearly as skilled offensively as Monroe, but he is a much better defender and rim protector. With that said, Drummond already has that role under control in Detroit.

The 21-year-old has blocked 1.6 shots per game in each of his two NBA seasons, and he hasn't even scratched the surface of what he can become.

Pitting Drummond and Hibbert together seems like a train wreck of poor interior spacing just waiting to happen.

If the Pistons can't keep Monroe, they would probably be better off looking to bolster the wing or point guard positions.

Finding another big man that meshes well with Drummond seems unlikely.

 

Paul George Is "PG-13"

May 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George answers questions during a press conference following game five against the Miami Heat of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana de
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The most overdue number change and nickname appears to finally be on its way to becoming a reality.

According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, injured Pacers star Paul George has submitted paperwork to change his jersey number from 24 to 13. Thus, he can now be known as "PG-13."

It's quite obvious how many awesome and cheesy references this nickname should draw from the lips of television commentators. It is perhaps the most sensible of any number change since Derek Fisher wore No. 37 with the Oklahoma City Thunder to commemorate his age.

The number change will come at a price for George.

Because he isn't switching teams, George will have to buy all the No. 24 jerseys to compensate the league for the costs it incurred in having the uniforms printed.

 

Shawn Marion Deciding Between Cleveland and Indiana

May 4, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) arrives for game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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The Pacers are all over this rumors article.

Despite the fact that George is out for the upcoming season, it's clear the team isn't looking to tank. Aside from potential interest in Monroe, ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Pacers also have their eyes on free agent Shawn Marion:

As Stein says, the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be the front-runners for Marion's services, but the fact that Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird personally reached out to Marion may weigh heavily on The Matrix's decision-making process.

It seems the Cavs' roster is getting stronger by the day.

Obviously, it begins with LeBron James, but the assumed addition of Kevin Love and potential inclusions of Ray Allen—per Chris Broussard of ESPN the Magazine—and Marion to the Cavs' offseason haul have the team looking awesome on paper.

 

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