By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on June 4, 2014
The Detroit Pistons will most likely stay away from Greg Monroe this offseason and he will be a significant free-agent target. He's a big boy, standing at 6-foot-11 and weighing 250 pounds. Monroe is a huge presence in the post, rebounds like a machine and has superb passing skills. However, he does struggle on the defensive end. He averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds last season and is only 24 years old.
The Lakers have a little bit of money to spend this offseason. Monroe won't be their plan A by any means, but he would be a solid pick up if nothing else goes their way. He could take over for the aging Pau Gasol and be a huge piece for them going forward.
With Zach Randolph set to be a free agent, the Grizzlies will be looking for a replacement if they feel Ed Davis is not worthy. Monroe would add a similar type of a game as Randolph. He's strong in the post and could be a big-time offensive threat with the right supporting cast. Monroe should be on the Grizzlies' radar.
Dallas desperatly needs to add pieces around Dirk Nowitzki or else he won't be sticking around. Monroe would be able to take some of the scoring load and give Dirk some relief inside. Dallas also needs more rebounding and size.
The Spurs have a chance to win an NBA Championship, which means Tim Duncan could be retiring. If that's the case, Monroe could be an adequate replacement. Monroe obviously does not compare to Duncan, but he would still be a solid, long-term option.
The Celtics need size and while Monroe doesn't offer them rim protection, he still brings a lot to the table. His size, rebounding ability and passing ability will be enticing for Boston. They could pull off a sign-and-trade that would send Jeff Green to Detroit and Monroe to Boston.
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