The trade rumors have begun surrounding Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe. However, Detroit fans should not fear, as Monroe is simply not bothered by the rumors. Not to mention, the Pistons would be foolish to get rid of their top scorer from last season.
“I have a very close relationship, as do most players who play for the Pistons, with the front office,” Monroe said, according to Sports Illustrated. “They communicate with us very well. … There’s always going to be speculation, people are going to make up stuff, they’re going to hear stuff, they’re going to write it. I don’t worry about it. I’m very happy being a Piston and I hope they’re very happy with me. As far as I know, they like me.”
Pistons team president Joe Dumars may have a different take on the situation.
“We’re still open to doing things,” Dumars said, according to the Detroit News. “I’m not sure how much more. I feel good about where we are.”
It is no secret the Pistons are very interested in acquiring Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo in a trade. The Celtics will only part ways with their star player for the right price, and as of right now, the Pistons have yet to give them an enticing offer. Even though Boston reportedly wants Andre Drummond, who Detroit has revealed as untouchable, throwing Monroe into the mix could change the entire picture.
As of right now, Pistons fans should not sweat it. Monroe’s 16.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.30 steals per game in 81 starts last season is enough to keep him around. Talented centers are hard to come by, and Monroe has proven to be a game changer.
As far as Rondo is concerned, Detroit should keep their eyes peeled as the organization is still determined to land a top-notch point guard.