The writing has been on the wall for Greg Monroe‘s time with the Detroit Pistons for quite awhile. Monroe signed the one-year qualifying offer before this season when he couldn’t strike a deal with the Pistons or any other team, which is a rare move. Stan Van Gundy is a coach who looks to surround a dominant center with shooters, and the trade for Ersan Ilyasova got Van Gundy a stretch 4 he coveted to pair with Andre Drummond.
Now with Monroe hitting free agency, the belief is that he’s a goner, and Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times says there’s “strong speculation” that the big man will end up with the New York Knicks or Boston Celtics.
The Knicks have been a popular destination mentioned for Monroe, and Frank Isola of the New York Daily News basically called it a “done deal” in April that the forward would wind up in New York.
However, the Celtics could be an intriguing destination as well if they can’t land some of the bigger fish out there. Both teams will have plenty of cap space and could find themselves fighting for Monroe as a consolation prize.