It seems everyone in the Detroit Pistons organization is bending over backwards to convince Greg Monroe to re-sign.
That includes Andre Drummond who told beat writer David Mayo after a summer league practice that he would discuss coming off the bench as part of a big three rotation.
“That’s something that’s going to have to be discussed between Greg and Josh and myself, with Stan, to figure out who’s going to be that guy not starting the game,” Drummond said. “I feel like it’s not going to be a problem or an issue. It just comes down to who is going to do it.”
Mayo writes that Drummond shares Stan Van Gundy’s vision of the three Pistons big men rotating between center and power forward. For his part Drummond says the three can play together as long as they keep the team’s goal in mind.
“Stan knows what he’s doing,” Drummond said. “He knows our personnel, I’ll put it like that. He knows what each guy can do, what they have to offer, and he knows that Josh is better off at the four. He knows that. It comes down to who’s going to start the game. And it doesn’t really matter who starts and ends, it matters who wins the game.”
It is no surprise that Andre Drummond is willing to do anything it takes to help his team win. And Greg Monroe has been willing to play a role in the past as well. The big question is whether Josh Smith will get on board.
The big three rotation will only really work if the three players involved give maximum effort, whether they are coming off the bench or not. With Smith’s track record it is hard to imagine him accepting any role that would have them coming off the bench even if it meant keep Greg Monroe in town.