NBA Detroit Pistons

Greg Monroe Could be Dealt 5 Places by the Trade Deadline

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Greg Monroe

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The Detroit Pistons are in a pretty good position for the future with their current pace. They were able to land a prize during last year’s free agency period in forward Josh Smith. They were able to send guard Brandon Knight to Milwaukee for a similar, but more explosive point guard in Brandon Jennings. Most importantly, Andre Drummond is finally shaping up and showing his potential. He could’ve been named to the Eastern Conference’s All-Star team as a reserve, for the way he has improved this season.

This leaves a fair bit of uncertainty as to what the Pistons’ plans are for power forward/center Greg Monroe going forward. A first round pick in the 2010 draft, Monroe has been productive for the team in his four years in Detroit. The fact is that the Pistons may be looking to utilize the athleticism of their lineup to stretch the floor more.

This process would more than likely involve moving Josh Smith to the No. 4 spot. He should be used to playing this position because the Atlanta Hawks used him in that way when he teamed up in the front court with Al Horford.

The Pistons wouldn’t really be able to do this if Greg Monroe has a hold on the starting power forward spot. For this reason, Greg Monroe may very well be on the trading block. His playing style makes him the prototypical post big man and suitor for a lot of teams that are in the market for a big man.

Here are five teams that might jump at the chance to take Greg Monroe off the block.

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The Boston Celtics

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The Celtics are most definitely in the market for a big man. They’re positioned for a high pick in the upcoming draft and could land a coveted prize to team up with Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green. Their current big men won’t get them too far in any season, so adding Monroe to their front court would be a logical move for the future.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers

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Since Andrew Bynum left town, the Cavaliers have struggled to do much scoring in the paint. Acquiring Luol Deng gave the team the depth they need to take some of the scoring load off of Kyrie Irving on a nightly basis. An additional 15 ppg would certainly help their cause. This would also possibly allow them to finally ship Dion Waiters to another team that could use him.

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The Atlanta Hawks

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Al Horford went down earlier in the year with an injury and won’t return this season. Yet, Hawks are still in the playoff picture due to strong performances from Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, and All-Star Paul Millsap. Adding Monroe would make some sense if they wanted someone to fill the void left by Horford’s season-ender.

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The Sacramento Kings

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The Kings have talent all over their roster. Finding the glue to bring it all together would require solidifying their front court with Demarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. Acquiring Derrick Williams still hasn’t panned out very well and Jason Thompson is solid option, but isn’t the solution to their issues. Cousins and Greg Monroe were fellow draft mates in the 2010 class. Adding him to this team could prove beneficial for the near future.

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The Milwaukee Bucks

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There’s no surprise what’s going on with the Bucks right now. They’re going to receive the No. 1 overall selection in the draft if they keep their current pace as the worst team in the league. Most likely, they have their eyes set on one of the freshman stars coming out of this year’s class (Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, or Joel Embiid). They’re probably going to go with either Parker or Wiggins at small forward due to the fact that they have Larry Sanders patrolling the middle; which leaves their starting power forward spot open for the future.