Wittman: 'They took us to the wood shed"
With Greg Monroe set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, speculation about whether the Pistons will trade him has heated up. They already have substantial amounts of money committed to Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, and will need to stow some away for when Andre Drummond's rookie deal runs out. Monroe, it has been rumored, could be the odd man out as they fit their payroll under the salary cap.
As of now, however, it doesn't look like Monroe is available. Anything can happen before the Feb. 20 trade deadline, but Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press just doesn't see it.
Here is what he reported this week:
I can say with certainty there is no talk of trading Greg Monroe currently. Could that change? Sure, but right now the Pistons are going to be patient.
It sounds like a big 'if' whether the Pistons would be willing to trade Monroe, but if he were made available, the potential fit in Washington is an obvious one. He used to play at Georgetown and is a power forward, a position the Wizards could use a long-term solution at.
Monroe, 23, is averaging 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this season and is one of the more talented young big men in the NBA. He is almost certain to command a max contract this summer and the Pistons may not be able to match another team's offer.
It would seem the Pistons - currently ninth in the Eastern Conference - would want to at least gauge his value. They may be able to get something for him now rather than just letting him walk at season's end, but right now that does not appear to be their intention.