But according to sources, the Magic are very interested in landing restricted free agent big man Greg Monroe. If you haven’t heard of Monroe, here is a quick history lesson. Monroe was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2010, and have since performed well as the team’s starting center.
Another thing you need to know about Monroe is that he is the real deal. Monroe averaged 14 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.3 APG and 1.2 STLPG for a horrible Detroit squad last year. The Magic chasing after Monroe makes a lot of sense. Although Gordon is a freak of nature and will be a star player for the Magic in the long run, the Magic needs a veteran low post player in the starting lineup, and Monroe can be that guy.
Imagine a starting lineup of Monroe, Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris, combined with Gordon, Andrew Nicholson, Maurice Harkless and Kyle O’Quinn coming off the bench. That is a pretty talented front-line if you ask me, and could very well be one of the top frontcourts in the league next season.
But this may all prove to be for naught. Sources coming out of Detroit states that that the Pistons want to hang on to Monroe, and will match any contract of the price is right. However, that should not discourage the Magic from trying to woo one of the most underrated big men in the league from Motown to Central Florida.