Mar 1, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Pistons power forward Greg Monroe (10) controls the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Monroe rumors: A Houston Rockets backup plan?

When the offseason began, the Houston Rockets focused their attention on New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony.

Now that it looks like Anthony has all but ruled the Rockets out, the Rockets are hot on the trail of Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh. However, if LeBron James re-ups with the Heat, Bosh will almost certainly stay, leaving the Rockets to look at other options.

Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes the Rockets could turn their attention to Detroit Pistons’ restricted free agent Greg Monroe if they are unable to land Bosh.

believe it was rumored (late last night) that Detroit and Monroe are at least discussing a five-year deal that could be worth $60 million. That leads me to believe they are confident they’ll have a suitor for either JSmith or Monroe. If I’m them, I still prefer to keep Drummond/Monroe and move Smith along to a lineup where he can play at the PF. Someone reminded me of his connection to Dwight just earlier in the chat, and I think that’s actually a pretty good fit. We shall see how it all works out, but (not to beat a dead horse) many of these deals really are being hindered by several key teams waiting for LeBron and Carmelo to decide.

The Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards have all been connected to Monroe. The Pistons, however, remain in contact with Monroe.

Detroit Pistons’ forward Josh Smith has also been suggested as a potential backup plan.

Monroe put up 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field and 65.7% from the free throw line last season.

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