According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the Washington Wizards are expected to explore the possibility to acquiring Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons, whether that be through a trade or once he becomes a restricted free agent after the current season. With the NBA Trade Deadline just one month away, the Pistons have several players that are expected to draw trade interest from other teams, and Monroe seems to be the most likely to be moved.
Along with Monroe, the Pistons are probably going to receive inquiries on other big-name players such as Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond. For the Wizards, is it worth giving up assets and draft picks to acquire Monroe prior to him hitting free agency or would they be better off taking their chances at signing him on the open market?
If they do decide to trade for Monroe, they will have the rest of the season to try and work out an extension with the 23-year-old center/power forward. The cost of acquiring Monroe from the Pistons is not known at this point, but if the Pistons do decide to make him available prior to the trade deadline, several teams will be lining up to trade for him and the price could get a bit too high for the Wizards’ liking.
Some may question why the Pistons, a relatively young team, would want to trade a young, rising star playing a position that lacks impact talent in the NBA nowadays. The reason is that they drafted a center with a higher potential than him, Drummond, in the 2012 NBA Draft. While Drummond may not have the scoring ability that Monroe does, he has the potential to be a dominant rim-protecting force as his career progresses.
The Wizards already have a good center on their roster in Marcin Gortat, but his contract expires at the end of this season. For this reason, the Wizards may be better off letting Gortat leave in free agency and then giving their best attempt to try and sign Monroe over the offseason. They will certainly have the cap space available to sign an impact free agent if they wish to.