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Greg Monroe admits trade rumors weigh on him

Jan 26, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

Greg Monroe

A couple weeks ago, the Detroit Pistons reportedly weren’t considering trading Greg Monroe.

It’s difficult to believe that’s still the case.

The Pistons have lost 12 of 16, including defeats to the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz. Monroe doesn’t deserve blame for the losses, at least not relative to other Pistons, but there’s a growing sense something has to give.

Maybe that’s Monroe, who will be a restricted free agent this summer. Detroit has struggled when using him with Josh Smith and Andre Drummond, and perhaps Monroe has become the odd man out.

The Washington Wizards are lurking, and other teams are also surely considering whether they can prey on the wayward Pistons.

A Monroe trade would shock nobody, least of all Monroe, who’s aware of all the rumors.

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Monroe, 23, has admitted the talk has affected him.

“It does, to be honest. We’re still trying to get things right, here,” he said. “To see that stuff … I just focus on what we’re doing here. I’m here. If that changes, then I’ll move forward. If it never does, I’ll focus on playing these games and trying to win these games.”

The Pistons certainly aren’t making it any easier on Monroe this season.

He’s playing power forward after previously focusing on center, and playing with Smith and Drummond has limited his ability to find space in the paint, where he works almost exclusively. Plus, he’s on his third coach (Maurice Cheeks, no less) and fourth starting point guard (Brandon Jennings, no less) in his four-year career.

By PER, win shares per minute and the simple eye test, Monroe is having the worst season of his career.

If he’s looking for a reason not to stress about a trade, that might be it.

His value might have sunk low enough that there’s no way the Pistons get near-equal value in a deal.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    If I’m Monroe I’d be motivated by trade rumors to get out of that situation AND the city of Detroit altogether!

  2. coachjac30 - Jan 26, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    I doubt his value has sunk all that far, how many 23 year old 16 and 10 guys are out there? The reason his play has suffered is because he is on a majorly flawed team. Why Dumars would sign Smith and trade for Jennings is beyond me.

    Celts should offer Jeff Green and a 1st round pick for this guys.

    • adamsjohn714 - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:52 AM

      Seriously Smith has been awful, and the Pistons are promoting him because he’s one of the highest paid players in franchise history and they don’t want to admit/don’t realize they paid way too much for him. It’s bad to overpay for guys. It’s even worse to overpay for guys who take minutes away from better players at the same position.

      • spursareold - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        Smith is a doofus. I’ve seriously lost any shred of respect I had left for Joe D. He’s made horrible FA signing after horrible FA signing in the last 6-7 years.

  3. saint1997 - Jan 26, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Pistons should trade Monroe, not for equal talent but just for players that FIT the system! Washington for Trevor Ariza (a floor spacing 3) and maybe even Otto Porter would be a good option

    • JMClarkent - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      I’d rather get rid of of Josh and keep Monroe. Josh Smith has 0 upside, especially at small forward. Monroe is 23 and big, which you can’t under value. If they give him away on a discount they’ll regret it for years.

      • coachjac30 - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        I agree with this comment, the only problem is Smith can not be traded until next season. You can’t trade a player within one year of signing him as a free agent. They had a good setup of the future with Drummond, Monroe, Knight.

    • weaselpuppy - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Ariza is a FA after this year and will be well past his prime in 3 years, which is really the point in time the Pistons are aiming at for a deep playoff run.

      Porter is a total crapshoot. His value is very iffy as to whether any exists at all given being drated 3rd and not being able to break a meh team’s rotation at all. Physically and game wise he’s what the Pistons need, but there is no telling if he can ever play up to it given his terribleness so far.

      Green is a year younger than Ariza and has a lot less mileage on him…The Celtics deal would be third in line for me behind trying to make a run at Kawhi Leonard (probly not happenin) and Evan Turner…then shoot myself in the face, then trade for Otto Porter or Ariza.

  4. bknowledge - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=koj4uqh

    in the trade, Orlando gets first round picks from Minnesota (lottery protected) and Washington (unprotected)

    Starting 5’s post trade:
    Minny:
    Pekovic
    Josh Smith
    Kevin Martin
    Affalo
    Rubio
    (bench- Otto Porter, Shved, Budinger, Corey Brewer, Gorgui Deng)
    Everyone on this team is signed for at least 3 more years. Its not a luxury tax team, but I think the roster is better than the current team.

    Detroit
    Drummond
    Kevin Love
    KC Pope
    Jennings
    Detroit will be way under the salary cap this summer…

    Wizards
    Greg Monroe
    Glen Davis
    Ariza
    Bradley Beal
    John Wall

    Orlando
    Vucevic
    Nene
    Harkless
    Oladipo
    JJ Barea
    (Orlando gets 2 first round draft picks for Affalo and taking on a little bit of salary)

    • coachjac30 - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      I’m all for having a good time and running trades through the trade machine, but come on now

  5. cruzan80 - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=m6rm3p3

    Pistons Get:
    Arron Affalo
    Maurice Harkless

    Magic Get:
    Greg Monroe
    Charlie Villanueva

    Pistons do it because:
    This does a couple of very good things for them. It gives them the solid SG that they need desperately who is still in his prime. It also gives them a young, talented SF who can allow Josh Smith to go back to PF where he is better anyway. In short I think it fixes one of if not the biggest issues with the Pistons which is their lineup.

    Magic do it because:
    They’re in full blown rebuild mode. This gives them the two things rebuilding teams covet. Young talent to build around & expiring contracts.

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