Jan 18, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) fights for a loose ball with Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Washington Wizards interested in Greg Monroe

The Washington Wizards enjoyed their greatest season in years in 2013-2014.

Behind a balanced lineup, the Wizards returned to the playoffs and took down the Chicago Bulls in five games in the first round before falling to the Indiana Pacers in six games. The Wizards are going to have to spend this summer to keep improving – starting small forward Trevor Ariza and starting center Marcin Gortat will both be free agents.

If the Wizards don’t keep Gortat or potentially trade their starting power forward, Nene, they will be in the market for a big.

According to Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders, the Wizards are interested in Detroit Pistons’ restricted free agent Greg Monroe.

The Washington Wizards have also been rumored to have interest, and could be in the market for a replacement for Marcin Gortat if he were to leave via free agency. Cleveland is another team that could be interested in Monroe depending upon which direction they choose to go in the draft. With rampant speculation over whether the team will offer a max extension and (more importantly) if Kyrie Irving will be willing to take it, the Cavs could be seen as a destination. If Spencer Hawes leaves via free agency, the Cavs will need to find a suitable replacement regardless of whether Irving is a part of future plans.

Put simply, there will be no shortage of opportunities and scenarios for a skilled big man with the ability to score both with his back to the basket and from the mid-post with regularity. Whether it ends up being in Detroit or with any other roster, look for Monroe to truly establish himself over the next few seasons

Monroe put up 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game last season.

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