Jan 22, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) looks to shoot against Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson (31) during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Greg Monroe or Gamble?


It’s no secret that Greg Monroe is on the trading block. He’s in the last year of his contract and is due for a long term max deal. Greg has been productive this season but his numbers have been down because of less ball possession.

This is thanks to a crowded paint for Detroit with Andre Drummond and Josh Smith down there as well. Having all three of them on the court at the same time has been a problem because it prevents the Pistons from spreading the floor out and Greg’s touches. This puts more pressure on point guard Brendan Jennings for example.

He can’t drive to the basket as often and instead has to settle for more outside shots which is not his forte. Jennings has definitely hit some big three pointers this season but driving the lane is his specialty.

Greg Monroe should be traded before the season is over if we cannot feed him the ball enough. Keeping him is a waste of potential otherwise. Potential for him as a player and potential trade value to further improve the Pistons. Detroit is still in the playoff hunt which is a holdup. If we do trade him this season, I believe the team will still compete and may even thrive depending on what we can get for him.

The tricky part about trading him is that whoever acquires him would be careful not to give up too much if Monroe doesn’t promise to sign a contract with them after this season ends. To play devil’s advocate, if we don’t trade him we need to confirm that he wants to sign an extension or else Detroit will have wasted his last season as a Piston by not getting anything of value for him.

I think Greg Monroe wants to stay in Detroit, but our front office will offer him an insulting contract offer and we will lose him. It will be best for Greg Monroe if he is traded before this season ends.


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