“Greg knows what it is,” Drummond said at the Mendenhall Center on the UNLV campus. “I’ve told him multiple times that he needs to come on home.
“I need him there, and all the guys would love to have him back as well. At the end of the day, he’s got to do what’s best for him and his family.
“I still have high hopes, and I’m pretty sure he is coming home, so I’m excited for this season.”
Drummond might just be wishful thinking. He’s clearly fond of Monroe.
Or maybe Drummond knows something. He and Monroe are obviously in contact.
Either way, Monroe – as he always has been – remains likely to return to Detroit. He’s a restricted free agent, and this late in the summer, it’s unlikely another team – the 76ers or Suns – gives him a large offer sheet. The Pistons would probably match anyway. A sign-and-trade isn’t off the table, but trade partners are also drying up.
With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.
The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.
And so the search goes on.
The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.
With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.
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