Pistons Not Trading Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe has recently admitted that all of the trade rumors about his status in Detroit have been bothering his play. Recent reports, however, indicate that the Pistons have no intention of trading the versatile big man.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, “Sources briefed on the situation told ESPN.com this week that the Pistons have been telling teams with Monroe interest that the restricted free agent-to-be — no matter what you’ve heard — is not available…Sources say teams calling to inquire about Monroe’s availability are being advised that he’s not on the market.”
Many believed that the acquisitions of Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith would sky rocket the Pistons into the playoffs, but that has been far from the case. The Pistons have a frontcourt that cannot shoot outside of fifteen feet and opposing teams are packing the paint on defense, just daring Josh Smith to shoot another clunker from 3-point land.
The Pistons frontcourt experiment is not working and with Monroe being a restricted free agent this summer, the Pistons may not have enough to resign him at a high price after the $50 million contract they just gave to Josh Smith.
At 18-27, the Pistons cannot afford to be this bad with the salary that they will take on if they re-sign Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. The Pistons are currently 9th seed in the Eastern Conference and trail the 8th seed by only one game.