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Is Monroe finished in Detroit?

5/14/2014

Greg Monroe will become a restricted free agent this summer, and according to a report today, there's a growing belief that the Detroit Pistons won't keep him in the fold.

Sean Deveney of the Sporting News writes:

"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."

Though the Pistons would have the right to match any offer sheet Monroe signs, the decision to pass wouldn't be all that surprising given the three years remaining on Josh Smith's four-year, $54 million deal and the likelihood that Smith will play power forward in the years ahead.

According to Deveney, Monroe's agent David Falk "will hit the market seeking a max deal for Monroe" and Charlotte and the Los Angeles Lakers are two teams many league executives believe could be suitors. Deveney mentions New Orleans, which seeks a big man to pair with Anthony Davis, as another possibility, and that would make sense given the Pistons' need for shooters and the Pelicans having two, Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, it could dangle in a sign-and-trade deal.

Other teams that could be looking to upgrade in the frontcourt include Sacramento, Golden State (which passed on Monroe on draft day and would have to first unload David Lee) and Washington (if it loses UFA Marcin Gorat in free agency).