Amid recent reports that Detroit may look to trade Monroe with hopes of landing a proven, perimeter scoring option, the latest news states that the Pistons may be be backtracking on this potentially major roster move.
According to a recent report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, Detroit has told several interested parties that Monroe is in fact not on the market. If this proves to be true as the Feb. 20 trade deadline draws near, it would be a disappointing decision by Joe Dumars.
In all honesty, management should already be thinking about shedding the bloated contract of recently signed forward Josh Smith. But, at four years and $54 million, Detroit will be hard-pressed to find any suitors willing to take on that contract.
Therefore, their only realistic move would involve moving Monroe. Now, he isn’t having a phenomenal season, with averages of 14 points and eight board a game. However, he may be the only player that Detroit is able to move who is considered a valuable trade asset.
Detroit would also be wise to move Monroe due to his impending free agency. Still on his rookie contract, Monroe is currently a productive player at an affordable price. As an upcoming restricted free agent, he could sign an offer sheet with a team willing to give him a large pay day.
Detroit will surely hand franchise center Andre Drummond a massive deal in the next couple of years. By re-signing Monroe, they will end up tying much of their salary cap to a frontcourt that’s proven to be unproductive and not filled with the defensive prowess that many expected.