Nov 18, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks to pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Pistons could use Greg Monroe in trade for Rajon Rondo?

While Rajon Rondo hasn’t publicly stated that he wants the Boston Celtics to trade him, that’s the belief among many in Beantown.

A free agent at season end, the Boston Celtics will need to make a franchise altering decision in the relatively near future which could include trading their All-Star point guard.

If such is to happen, where will he go? The usual suspects like the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and more are said to be intrigued with the idea of acquiring Rajon Rondo, but might the Detroit Pistons be a dark horse in such a race?

It’s possible, at least according to Hoops Rumors who believe Rondo’s relationship with Josh Smith and a trade chip in Greg Monroe could make Motown an attractive destination for the point guard.

One team that I’ll throw into the mix here is the Pistons. They already have Josh Smith on board, who is close friends with Rondo and there was talk in the past that they would be interested in being teammates one day.

Detroit also has a very intriguing piece that might get the deal done in Greg Monroe.

Monroe is a restricted free agent and seems incredibly unlikely to re-sign with the Pistons long term and would be expected to leave at season end if he accepts the one-year qualifying offer (which comes with a full no-trade clause, mind you).

While losing Rajon Rondo would understandably be a blow to the Boston Celtics franchise, a return of a player like Greg Monroe might be the best package they can get for the impending free agent to be.

Keep in mind, there’s been no word of an official trade offer at this point, though rumors of a Monroe-Rondo swap have been a topic of discussion for quite some time. Where there’s smoke, you can often find fire.

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