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What is the future for Greg Monroe in Detroit?

Sep 30, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

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We have talked about Detroit’s front line as a trio — the veteran free agent Josh Smith, the budding young potential franchise player Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe playing at near an All-Star level (he had 37 double doubles and a PER of 19.5).

But how long are they going to be a trio?

Detroit is committed to Smith, giving him four years and $54 million this summer. Drummond is only entering his second season but if he continues on his current path he is the kind of young player who gets locked up with a max extension as soon as the Pistons can.

With all that money coming to those two, what do the Pistons do with Monroe? He’s eligible for an extension but it looks like they are going to let the market set his price next summer, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com.

But league sources indicate an extension for Monroe is highly unlikely. The Pistons are not going to give him anywhere near the max, based on their current roster. Plus, Monroe’s agent, David Falk, has little interest in signing an extension for less than that. While discussions are friendly, it’s likely the two sides will revisit next summer — if Monroe is still on the roster.

If — and really at this point, when — Monroe goes on the market he is going to max or near max offers. Top-flight young big men are hard to come by. The question is will the Pistons match? If Drummond still looks elite this season, that becomes hard to do.

The other option is to listen to trade offers during this season.

For now the Pistons are going to let this play out, but it’s something to watch moving forward because GM Joe Dumars and the Pistons have some calls to make.

  1. legend30 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    This is probably unrealistic, but what about the Wizards? They should package Beal for Monroe. Wizards desperately need a big man. Wall-Monroe would be exciting to watch.

    • senorpapino - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      This would be a good trade talent-wise provided Beal continues to improve. However, drafting Caldwell-Pope may take care of the need for an SG with range in Detroit.

    • kinggw - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      I don’t think the Wiz would trade Beal, but a Porter and Okafor for Monroe, Stuckey ,and Villanueva would work for everyone involved.

      The Wiz get their big man of the future and the Pistons get to move Smith to the four and a young core of Jennings, Porter, KCP, and Drummond. The problem is this deal makes too much sense, so Grunfeld probably wouldn’t consider it.

  2. dysraw1 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    its funny that upon reading the Lakers popped in my mind

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      well, it’s possible. Pau Gasol’s expiring contract could free up some space for them to be able to resign Drummond and their other young players. I doubt it happens.

  3. starvingardens - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Come to the Warriors!!! Trade Bogut or Lee to make this happen. The Warriors probably would have had him if not for the idiotic move that the previous regime made. Thanks to Cohan and Larry Riley… we ended up getting Udoh instead of this guy.

    EVERYBODY in the Bay Area knew that Monroe was the pick we shoula had.

    Still SMH at the old regime.

  4. snipedanglecelly13 - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    We can possibly trade him for a actual PG!

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