Jan 24, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Austin Rivers (25) goes to the basket against Detroit Pistons power forward Greg Monroe (10) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Monroe rumors: Could Pistons deal Monroe for Pelicans' Ryan Anderson?

Detroit Pistons’ restricted free agent Greg Monroe will reportedly be signing the Pistons’ qualifying offer in order to become an unrestricted free agent in 2015. There have been reports the Pistons could still deal Monroe in a sign-and-trade and there has been speculation they could send him to the New Orleans Pelicans in a deal for Ryan Anderson. Anderson played for Pistons’ head coach and president Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic and would allow him to have a power forward that can stretch the floor next to center Andre Drummond.

Alex Kennedy isn’t sure the Pistons would take a deal like that.

If Detroit is convinced that Greg Monroe is going to sign for the qualifying offer and walk next summer as an unrestricted free agent, they may consider some of these scenarios. I don’t know if Stan Van Gundy would be interested in acquiring Ryan Anderson from the Pelicans. He was pretty critical of Anderson during their stint together in Orlando. Even though he can stretch the floor and knock down threes like SVG wants, I don’t know if we’ll see them reunite.

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. He’s averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 50.8% from the floor and 67.8% from the charity stripe in his career. Anderson was limited to just 22 games because of a herniated disc in his back last season. He averaged 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 43.8% from the field, 40.9% from beyond the arc and 95.2% from the free throw line. In his career, he’s gone for 12.3 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 42.7% from the field, 38.6% from the free throw line and 85.9% from the charity stripe.

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