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

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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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