Now that Stan Van Gundy is the Detroit Pistons’ president and head coach, many believe he will part ways with power forward Greg Monroe, trying to find a taker for the talented big man in a sign-and-trade. Monroe will be a restricted free agent.
Although Van Gundy is reportedly a “big fan” of Monroe, he could get a max deal and price himself out of the Pistons’ range.
According Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Bobcats could be very interested in Greg Monroe.
“If anyone is going to find a max deal for Monroe, it is David,” the GM said. “They will be aggressive and try to find something in the early stage of free agency. Remember, he was the agent for a guy who is now a team owner. It’s just a matter of whether the Pistons can get something back.”
That would be Michael Jordan, owner of the soon-to-be Charlotte Hornets. It’s possible that Charlotte will create enough cap space in the offseason to make a max offer to Monroe and pair him with Al Jefferson up front. That might be a defensive nightmare for coach Steve Clifford, but offensively, it would give Charlotte the East’s most potent power forward-center combo.
Monroe averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game for the Pistons last season.