Nov 18, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) high fives teammates before the game against the Boston Celtics at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Could Pistons trade Greg Monroe for Celtics' Rajon Rondo?

If you feel like you’ve heard Greg Monroe’s name linked to the Boston Celtics before, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, about six months ago rumors swirled that Monroe could be headed to Beantown in exchange for Rajon Rondo.

Of course, nothing came from the reports and the Detroit Pistons denied such, suggesting they didn’t want to trade their young big man. The Boston Celtics suggested much of the same, hinting that Rajon Rondo wasn’t available despite multiple other reports suggesting otherwise.

Whatever the case, no deal was made though David Aldridge of NBA.com wonders if such a deal wouldn’t be of interest to both teams currently.

Trading Monroe rather than tying up Detroit’s cap for years to come would make a lot more sense, it says here — unless Stan Van Gundy can find a buyer for Josh Smith first. But playing Smith out of position again at small forward next season is unfair to him and the team, which needs to move forward, one way or the other. I still can’t believe the Celtics wouldn’t want Greg Monroe as the centerpiece of a Rajon Rondo deal to Detroit. But what do I know?

The Pistons and Greg Monroe appear to be at a stalemate regarding the status of his restricted free agency and he doesn’t appear overly thrilled with the idea of returning unless it’s on a monster deal. Detroit meanwhile doesn’t seem eager to overpay Monroe all while the Boston Celtics seem wishy/washy on the idea of trading away Rajon Rondo.

It’s certainly an intriguing thought as it would be a deal that would benefit both franchises.

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