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Of all of the teams with positional logjams, the Detroit Pistons may have the tightest of all with the trio of Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith.
All three thrive at the rim, and get worse the further they get from it. And with Stan Van Gundy now running the show, it appears the goal is to surround Drummond with floor spacers the way the Orlando Magic did with Dwight Howard.
This summer, Detroit's signed Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler. All fit the bill for better spacing on offense. Monroe does not.
He's unreliable unless he's at the rim, and flat-out bad beyond 16 feet:
To have a dynamic offense surrounding Drummond, the Pistons need more of a stretch 4. Or they at least need one more shooter in the lineup with Smith at power forward, his more natural position.
According to The Washington Post's Michael Lee, the Pistons may have already passed on a few opportunities to add that kind of player before signing Monroe to a $5.5 million qualifying offer:
Monroe and his agent, David Falk, never sought an offer sheet from another team but pursued sign-and-trade proposals with at least five other teams, including Portland and Oklahoma City, according to person familiar with the discussions. Monroe denied receiving a reported five-year, $60 million offer – or anything close – from Pistons and would’ve been unlikely to accept either way.
Monroe would thrive with either of the aforementioned teams, both of which could use a boost in low-post scoring. LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers and Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder both have deep range for power forwards and would make great inside-out partners with Monroe.
But with the Pistons big man now signed on for such a small salary in 2014-15, the opportunity to see that in action may have to wait.