It seems like many around the league believe that Detroit Pistons’ power forward Greg Monroe’s days are numbered.
Now, that former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy is the both the head coach and president of the Pistons (and he is hiring of Jeff Bower to be his general manager), many believe he will look to get a power forward who can knock down three-pointers to put next to Andre Drummond, a la Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson with Dwight Howard in Orlando. Van Gundy, however has continued to heap praise on Monroe and insists he wants the soon-t0-be restricted free agent back (and he may not be lying – he’d probably much rather dump forward Josh Smith, but after he signed a four-year deal last year, that will be very difficult to do).
When Monroe does hit free agency, he will have plenty of suitors.
Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders was asked about Tim Duncan potentially riding off into the sunset into retirement if the San Antonio Spurs can take down the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals and having the Spurs replace him with Monroe.
I can see that happening, actually. The Spurs have been rumored to like Monroe, and while he is no Duncan, he is a talented big man that Pop could mold into a better player than he would ever be in Detroit. Of course, that’s assuming Pop doesn’t retire right along with Duncan, and that Duncan wouldn’t elect to try to defend the title.
Monroe put up 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game last season.