Now that LeBron James has left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony decided to remain with the New York Knicks and both Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have re-upped with the Heat, Detroit Pistons’ big man Greg Monroe may be the most talented player left on the market.
It is a bit of a surprise Monroe hasn’t drawn more interest, at least publicly (and Phoenix Suns’ guard Eric Bledsoe for that matter). However, as a restricted free agent, most expect the Pistons to match any offer sheet rather than lose him for nothing. The Pistons also may be waiting to deal Monroe in a sign-and-trade.
However, there could be other reasons Monroe hasn’t signed and offer sheet.
Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders explains why Monroe may not be drawing much interest.
The issue with Monroe is that he doesn’t really defend the basket. He is also more of a 4, but isn’t a great shooter. So ideally you have to pair him with a solid jump-shooting center who can also protect the rim. How many of those are out there? Monroe is a nice player, but I understand why he wasn’t at the top of the priority list for a lot of teams.
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 also continue to remain in contact with Monroe.
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.