Top 5 Detroit Pistons Trade Pieces

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Nov 28, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (left) and guard Spencer Dinwiddie (right) walk off the court after the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Bucks win 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Monroe is the most attractive and trade worthy piece the Pistons have. He’s averaging just under 15 points per game and is right at nine rebounds a night. The thing that makes Monroe attractive is he has quietly putting up one of his best seasons since joining the Pistons back in 2010.

Monroe would make a great addition to any one of the contending teams, like the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and other teams that have expressed interest in him.

The sub-par play of Josh Smith has only elevated the trade value for Monroe, making him more attractive to teams who need a quality forward/center for the duration of the season.

The problem with trying to move Monroe is Monroe. It’s safe to say he won’t return to Detroit next year but, since he is in a “qualifying offer” year, he basically has a no-trade clause for the season. If Monroe is moved to a contending team that has no desire to give him an extension, he would essentially forfeit all of his rights and lose the opportunity at receiving a bigger contract at the end of the season.

It’s reported that Detroit is seeking a first-round pick for Monroe, but that’s a tall order for a  potential rental.

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