Author: Kurt Helin

Portland Trail Blazers v Detroit Pistons

Report: Pistons asking for first round pick for Greg Monroe


If a team really wants Greg Monroe — and there are teams that do want the Pistons’ disgruntled center thinking he could be an All-Star level player with a change of scenery and if he is used properly — how much are they willing to give up to get him? Especially since he can be a free agent at the end of the year anyway so they can just sign him outright.

What the Pistons want for Monroe is a first round pick.

That sounds steep but it’s the asking price reports Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.

According to NBA rules, Pistons forward Greg Monroe is now eligible to be traded. And, sources told Sporting News, he wants that, badly. But teams seeking Monroe will need to cough up a first-round pick, and that’s a sticking point….

As part of (his qualifying offer) contract, under NBA rules, Monroe is allowed to veto any trade the Pistons come up with before February’s trading deadline. But that won’t happen, a source with knowledge of the situation told Sporting News. Detroit is off to a brutal 5-19 start, and Monroe would be happy to exit stage left—though the Pistons want a first-rounder to help with their rebuilding in return.

“Everyone knows he wants out of there,” the source told SN. “There is almost nothing he would shoot down.”

Monroe, for his part, is trying to avoid trade talk.

If a team did make a move it most likely would be one with multiple first round picks (Phoenix, for example) or maybe one good team where the pick was late in the first round.

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There are teams that like Monroe, but nobody loves him. The problem is with multiple coaches and multiple systems flowing through Detroit since Monroe arrived — not to mention him having to play next to Andre Drummond and now Josh Smith — nobody has a great read on what he could do in a better setting. He’d be good, but how good?

Most likely Monroe is going to be a free agent next summer after playing a full season in Detroit. A painful season in Detroit. Then it will get interesting. Monroe’s agent David Falk is looking for a max contract but a lot of teams are going to be hesitant to that kind of commitment. He may find the market a little less fertile than he expected. Then again after some team strikes out on its first target he could be the guy they turn to and save face with a healthy contract offer.

There’s really only one sure thing: Monroe will not be in Detroit next year.

PBT Extra: Kobe Bryant passes Jordan, can he catch Kareem?

Los Angeles Lakers v Minnesota Timberwolves
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Kobe Bryant has scored more points over the course of his career than Michael Jordan.

That doesn’t mean Kobe Bryant has passed Jordan’s legacy… well what does it mean? How important is this milestone? That’s what the amazing Jenna Corrado and I discuss in this latest PBT Extra. Could Kobe catch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?

Also, we touch on the surprising firing of coach Mike Malone out in Sacramento. That likely ends up George Karl’s job if he wants it, and Malone will land on his feet.

George Karl on coaching Kings: “If they’re interested in me, I’m interested in them”

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As the NBA comes to grips with Sacramento’s surprising mid-season firing of coach Mike Malone, the natural question becomes “who is next?”

Well, technically its former Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin, who will be the interim coach and is expected to ride out the season. But nobody thinks that’s the long-term answer, so the question is “who is really next?”

ProBasketballTalk has been told the Kings have a strong interest in George Karl, something that multiple other reporters have heard and publicized as well. Karl has lobbied for other NBA coaching jobs recently and Monday was on SiriusXM NBA Radio and said the Kings are a team that he would be interested in.

Karl said he’s open to starting a dialogue whenever the Kings want. Which maybe should be sooner rather than later.

Back in the 2012-13 season Karl led the Nuggets to 57-wins and was named NBA Coach of the Year. They played an exciting, up-tempo exciting brand of basketball. What the Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé wants. It’s not what they have the roster for, but it’s what he wants. Today anyway.

Karl said recently he wants one more three-to-five years stint as a head coach, he wants one more chance to coach a team and win the one thing that has eluded him, an NBA title. Which is why if the Kings wait until next summer things could get interesting — Sacramento might not be the only team knocking on Karl’s door then. And if we wants to chase a ring there may be teams closer to that goal than Sacramento right now.

There are other rumored names. Chris Mullin is the guy Ranadivé seems to trust most and if he wants to be coach (or GM, or both) he might get that gig. Mark Jackson and Vinny Del Negro’s names also have come up.

But we heard what Ranadivé wants is Karl.

Just be warned Mr. Ranadivé, Karl is a veteran coach who is not going to put up kindly with meddling owners, especially ones who would go chase something like a trade for Josh Smith when that was obvious to everyone he’d be a horrible fit with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. Karl wants his owners to be owners, not play fantasy basketball.