Apr 16, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Pelicans discussing sign and trade for Greg Monroe

The NBA Draft is right around the corner and the New Orleans Pelicans are looking at not only getting into the draft but will also be looking to make a splashy move that hopefully lands them a player they can use to give themselves an identity. Anthony Davis is the star of the Pelicans, but they need to build around him and the front office has a bold idea in mind.

Last offseason the Pelicans pulled off a deal that landed them Tyreke Evans and while that was met with mixed results during the season, New Orleans is looking at a sign-and-trade option that could shake things up in the best way possible for them.

According to Nakia Hogan of The Times-Picayune, the Pelicans have discussed a sign-and-trade with the Detroit Pistons that would land New Orleans Greg Monroe.

While the Pelicans, with about $7 million in salary cap room, don’t appear to have enough cap space to sign Monroe, a source said the team has made some initial inquiries to the Pistons about the possibility of working out a sign-and-trade deal.

The Pelicans have been looking to acquire a first-round pick but this might be something that cancels those plans out and replaces them with landing one of the more intriguing big men in the NBA. Adding Monroe could be a great option for the Pelicans frontcourt as a tandem of Anthony Davis and Monroe could be deadly and help give New Orleans the identity that they so painfully lack.

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  • Christian

    I’d need Ryan Anderson and a future first rounder straight up for Greg Monroe. Anderson can’t seem to stay healthy (119 missed games) whereas Greg Monroe is the total opposite (3 missed games), aside from that though the fit makes sense for both teams, Monroe plays Center so Davis can slide to PF and Anderson plugs in next to Drummond and stretches the floor creating plenty of space inside, and the 3pt shooting is obviously much needed since Detroit is at the bottom of the league in that department.

    • Chase

      Before a freak back injury Rybo had missed 6 games combined the previous 2 seasons. His first 3 seaons were injury riddled but it looked like he had found a way to stay healthy.

  • Ryan Caldwell

    Greg Monroe, Jennings, Smith for Ryan Anderson, Aninu, and Jrue Holiday? Works in trade machine. Pelicans get offensive 16-10 center in monroe, defensive minded(offensively challenged) forward in smith, similar level but different style point guard, pistons get floor spacing in Anderson and Aminu and a better fitting pg in jrue

    • Christian

      This would be a good trade for Detroit and there’s no way I see New Orleans doing it, Smith is a toxic player with a horrible contract, $15M for next 3 years. Plus they are downgrading at PG by bringing in Jennings who is a terrible defender (yes, steals don’t = good defense). The only hope left for either of them is if Stan Van Gundy flips the script from what went down last season and gets them going in a good system.

      If all else fails we just sit Smith like we did with Charlie Villanueva ($8M coming off the books) who has kept the seat warm the last few years, and we don’t have Joe Dumars here anymore to blow our draft picks (HE GAVE CHARLOTTE A 1ST ROUNDER, PICK #8 TO TAKE BEN GORDON’S BAD CONTRACT OFF OUR HANDS). . . AND WE NEVER USED OUR AMNESTY OPTION!