The Detroit Pistons fired their head coach and the GM that hired said coach is in the final year of his contract. Perhaps, then, it should be unsurprising that things are remarkably quiet as far as the Pistons are concerned with the trade deadline just over 24 hours away.
The latest morsel of information seems to indicate that young big man Greg Monroe won't be moved, according to NBA writer Jared Zwerling. Zwerling relied on the infamous "sources" so pervasive on Twitter and in media reports in the craziness leading up to the deadline.
Sources told me talks w/ Thornton for Evans-Terrry are heating up & it could happen "soon" (one said). Also hearing Greg Monroe won't move.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) February 19, 2014
But there has been no indication lately that the team is likely to move Monroe, who will be a restricted free agent after the season and faces questions about fit with teammates Andre Drummond and Josh Smith.
Monroe is obviously easier to move than Smith, and there have been no reports of any interest in the league for what Smith can offer as an athletic power forward.
The Detroit News' Vincent Goodwill upgraded from talking to "sources" to talking to an unnamed "league executive" and an unnamed "player agent," and Goodwill indicates the Pistons have been "dead quiet" and Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press said he doesn't anticipate any big moves and says there is "very little chance" Monroe is moved.
Perhaps the only thing that could push them from ambivalence into "sell now" mode with expirings and veterans would be another loss tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats, who sit in the final playoff spot in the East.
Losing would mean the Pistons sit 2.5 games out of the eighth spot and 10 games below .500 with an absolutely brutal stretch coming up post-deadline, and the team might start thinking it's time to bottom out. But what remains most likely is pretty much nothing happening. The NBA Trade Deadline -- It's Faaaantastic.