Apr 16, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Despite being located in entirely different time zones, the Phoenix Suns and Detroit Pistons have a lot in common right now.
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- Both teams have restricted free agents that are asking for max deals.
- Both have players unhappy with the process.
- Both teams have the ability to accommodate max deals under the cap.
- Both teams think their player is not worth a max deal.
- And finally both teams want value in return on a trade.
So what if the Suns swapped Eric Bledsoe for Greg Monroe in a sign and trade?
Why It Makes Sense For The Phoenix Suns
The relationship between the Suns and their restricted free agent guard is on the verge of collapse. Eric Bledsoe thinks the Suns have used scare tactics to keep other teams from signing him to an offer sheet. The Suns think Bledsoe is being greedy by turning down a $48 million dollar contract offer.
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Additionally, the Suns signed free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas this off-season as an insurance policy against losing Bledsoe. That gives the Suns five guards on the roster to split playing time with…and that is before they sign Eric Bledsoe.
The Suns are also in need of a player to compliment Alex Len in the front-court. Greg Monroe could fill that role nicely.
Why It Makes Sense For The Detroit Pistons
Although Greg Monroe’s relationship with his team is not as contentious as Bledsoe’s, there is still some bad blood between the Detroit Pistons forward and the organization over the signing of Josh Smith a year ago.
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Monroe also plays in a crowded front court and his return to the Pistons would mean an awkward rotation between Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith in the 4 and 5 spots.
Sending Monroe to Phoenix would head off any drama that could develop between he and Josh Smith. According to some their strained relationship led to the lack of team chemistry last season.
The Best Possible Resolution
A sign and trade would be the best resolution for all involved. In fact, the Suns and Pistons might be more likely to get each others players at the price they are looking for just by offering a change in scenery.
Of course the trade might be a little more problematic for the Detroit Pistons because of the players they already have at guard. That said Detroit Pistons President Stan Van Gundy has been critical of the Pistons guard play from last season and would welcome a change at the point.
It’s just a crazy idea from a blogger but ideas have to start somewhere. Don’t they?
What do you think?