With the head coach/team president question now out-of-the-way for the Pistons the biggest issue on the table at this point is what to do with forward Greg Monroe who is entering restricted free agency this off-season?
Much of the speculation even before Van Gundy was named the teams new head coach and president of basketball operations was that the team wouldn’t be able to hold on to their 25-year old fifth year pro but with SVG now in the fold it’s almost a certainty that Monroe will be playing for a new team next season.
This is according to the Sporting News who cites one NBA general manager:
“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.”
Looking closer into the type of system SVG employs is a strong perimeter offense that creates space for the big men down low. Setting Monroe up in a sign-and-trade deal would essentially enable Van Gundy to address the perimeter shooting for the Pistons which went 32.1 percent from the 3-point line last season good for 29th in the league. Of course the team could also match any deal thrown at Monroe during the off-season however it’s heavily speculated that Moose could very well get a max deal given him averaging 14.0 points and 9 rebounds per game.
Among the teams that could be interested in Monroe include the Lakers (if Carmelo Anthony isn’t going to LA), Charlotte and New Orleans.