Reports had the Detroit Pistons dangling Greg Monroe, and asking for a first-round pick in return. Both Stan Van Gundy and Monroe disagreed. (mariselise, Flickr)
The Detroit Pistons recently managed to put together a modest two game winning streak amongst plenty of early-season futility, but the abrupt surge of victories did little to change their season trajectory.
Things have officially plummeted out of control, as evidenced by Monday night’s 22 point defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pistons don’t look to have the right mix of players and talent, which is a problem given many expected the team to make a playoff push after hiring Stan Van Gundy.
Now, it’s clear that coaching is the furthest thing from the problem. Van Gundy can only do so much. Dysfunction might not be spilling over into the locker room, but it certainly has taken root on the court.
As a result, rumors are starting to fly about Detroit’s interest in making trades. A report from Sean Deveney of The Sporting News insisted that Greg Monroe wanted to be traded, and the Pistons were seeking a first-round pick as compensation for their forward. Monroe and Van Gundy, of course, quickly denied the report, but smoke is returning about roster unrest.
Reportedly, Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings are also “firmly” on the trading block, as both have had their share of rough games and have added to the confusion and dysfunction within the team. Continue reading