The Detroit Pistons aren’t entirely throwing out the idea of trading Greg Monroe, but it’s clear that they’d have to be blown away by a deal if it happened.
According to NBA.com, the only way the Pistons would entertain a deal to move Monroe would be in the variety of a huge deal — meaning a “blockbuster deal”. Basically, it would have to blow them away.
Yet the Pistons aren’t going to move Monroe unless it’s a blockbuster deal. Offering just expiring contracts won’t get it done. The hope in Detroit is that Monroe’s situation is resolved in similar fashion to how Oklahoma City eventually worked out a four-year, $49 million contract with Serge Ibaka before he hit free agency. (The Thunder had the obvious advantage of having Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrookas lures to play with through the meat of Ibaka’s career.)
Monroe becomes a restricted free agent after the season and will likely get tons of interest from teams. The Pistons are definitely rolling the dice here, hoping that they could afford him after the season.
The Washington Wizards have been reportedly “highly interested” in Monroe’s services.