With the NBA trade deadline less than a month away (February 20th), the Pistons figure to be one of the more active teams that day considering they’re one of the more disappointing teams this year given their free agent acquisitions this past offseason. With that in mind you’d have to figure that Greg Monroe would be a central figure in any trade discussion considering he’s set to become a restricted free agent this summer and the current make-up of the team simply isn’t working with him at the power forward spot.
However, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Pistons are currently telling teams that the power forward/center isn’t available for trade leading some to believe that perhaps the team will match any offer an opposing team makes or they’re simply waiting for a better deal to come along.
Although the way Joe Dumars and the Pistons have been going about their business the past several years this news doesn’t leave a good taste in the mouths of the fans.
Still, this all may be GM talk considering the Pistons really don’t have to trade Greg Monroe. Again they may wait till the last-minute to get something worked out with another team and go from there. They could also let the market determine Monroe’s value, match it and then make a trade from there.
Bottom line though the makeup of the current team isn’t working and much of the dysfunction lies in the overcrowded front court. With Monroe still on the team Josh Smith and his horrible (understatement I know) shot are forced to the outside. Plus Smith’s four-year, $50 million plus contract makes him impossible to trade so automatically Monroe becomes the most movable commodity and despite what Drew Sharp says is still a good player in the League as long as he’s in the right situation.