Many believe that one of the first moves that Stan Van Gundy, who was named head coach and president of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, will make is finding a taker for Greg Monroe. Monroe will become a restricted free agent in the summer so any scenario would likely featured a sign-and-trade.
That, however, may not be the case.
In an interview with with Mike Bianchi of 740 the Game in Orlando (as transcribed by Sean Corp of Detroit Bay Boys), Van Gundy praised Monroe as a top-10 big man.
Q: Any similarities in the team you’re taking over in Detroit to the team that you took over in Orlando with a young big man to build around?
SVG: Well, that is really the only similarity. And it’s more than ust one big man. We’ve obviously got a guy in Andre Drummond that has a chance t be a megastar in this league just like when we got Dwight here. But we’ve also got Greg Monroe who is probably a top 10 big guy in this league who is also very young. So you’ve got two guys who are under 25 at 6-10 in a league that doesn’t have very many big guys. We’ve got great talent.
Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season.