Both Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe remain unsigned as we enter the most dormant month for NBA basketball, August. Furthermore, neither Monroe nor Bledsoe are likely to receive any offers as most teams fear that their bids will be matched.
However, there is a chance that things could change. According to NBA scribe Chuck Myron, the Suns and Pistons could get together for a sign-and-trade between Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe but such a deal just might not make enough sense for the Suns to consider.
“It’s an intriguing idea, but I don’t think Monroe fits what the Suns want to do in their up-tempo attack. They’ve already got Miles Plumlee at center, and Alex Len, last year’s No. 5 overall pick, is behind him. I think they’d be the ones to leave the table on this one, but I think they’d give it some thought first.”
Bledsoe is an absolute menace defensively, lightning quick with long arms and enough strength to give both guard positions trouble. In his first season as a full-time starter, Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game—one of just six players league-wide to fill up the box score to that degree.
Phoenix also did a sign-and-trade for Isaiah Thomas, meaning that they don’t absolutely NEED to keep Bledsoe or make sacrifices to do so.
So, all things considered — Should the Pistons swap Monroe of Bledsoe?
At this point, as a Pistons fan, I would say just do a simple swap of Monroe for Bledsoe. Monroe wants out of Detroit and it would definitely solve roster issues on our end. I’m enough of a fan of healthy Bledsoe to risk his injury history.
Bledsoe and Monroe are the prototypes that non-all-star teams typically covet. Both are 24 years young and neither have been given a true lead type role within their respective teams. In the right situation, with the right coach, an all-star in the making could emerge.