Greg Monroe Done in Detroit?
In case you haven’t noticed, the Detroit Pistons are a little bit of a disaster. They definitely had the talent to make the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference this season, but the dysfunction took over fairly quickly.
Now, the team has hired Stan Van Gundy to lead the franchise. It’s not a bad move, even if they overpaid.
One of the many questions surrounding the Pistons is what will happen with big man Greg Monroe. While he has been undeniably productive, it doesn’t appear like he is a good fit next to Andre Drummond. Oh, and not to mention that Josh Smith guy that has been playing small forward, for some reason.
It looks like Monroe leaving Detroit could be more than just speculation now. Via Sporting News:
Even before the Pistons made the bold move of hiring Stan Van Gundy to be their coach and run their basketball operations on Tuesday, there was a growing consensus around the league that whomever was tabbed to replace Joe Dumars in the front office would be willing to let restricted free agent Greg Monroe go.
Now, with Van Gundy in place on an eyebrow-raising contract—five years, $35 million—there is near certainty among league executives that Monroe has played his last game for Detroit.
This is the NBA, so, someone will overpay for Monroe.
By no means is the failure in Detroit squarely on his shoulders. Playing three big men that don’t compliment each other at all was a doomed idea. Andre Drummond can’t play away from the rim. Neither can Josh Smith, although he tries.
Someone will get a very good player in Monroe, but it looks like the Monroe Detroit era is over.