Van Gundy wants to keep Greg Monroe and trade Josh Smith

Stan Van Gundy is hoping to keep Greg Monroe in Detroit. But several teams have expressed interest in acquiring the young big man, and the Phoenix Suns are reportedly first in line.

[We] tried to make a very strong case for ourselves and for our organization. I think that we’ve tried to make him understand what we’re trying to do and why we think he’s an important part of it, but again, he’s got some decisions to make, too. We hope it goes our way, but if not, we’ll adjust and move on.

To make this work, Van Gundy and the Pistons have been trying to move Josh Smith to reassure Monroe that there won’t be a logjam in the Pistons’ frontcourt. Monroe is only 24 years old and it’s quite obvious that he has huge potential. But if Smith is unable to find a new home, then Monroe may have to leave the Pistons.

Ashley Dunkak of CBS Detroit broke down the number of options facing Monroe and the Pistons this offseason:

As a restricted free agent, Monroe can either sign a qualifying offer from the Pistons, remaining with the team one more season and entering unrestricted free agency in 2015; sign an offer sheet from another team that would force the Pistons to choose whether to match it or let him walk; or sign a long-term deal with the team. The Pistons could also deal Monroe in a sign-and-trade.

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