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Woj: Knicks frontrunners to sign Greg Monroe, Arron Afflalo

Two former Pistons will be key to the New York Knicks climbing their way out of irrelevancy.

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It might be the worst kept secret in the NBA, but Greg Monroe is very likely headed to the New York Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Joining the Pistons big man in Madison Square Garden could be another former Detroit Piston, as Wojnarowski reports the Knicks are also the frontrunners to sign Arron Afflalo.

Wojnarowski is far from the first to write about the Knicks interest in Monroe, with, for example, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News quoting a league executive saying it was "about as close to a done deal as you can get."

Now we have Wojnarowski writing, "For months, the Knicks and rival executives have believed that New York is the likely destination for Detroit free agent forward Greg Monroe ... ."

So, yeah, if you subscribe to the "where there is smoke there is fire" cliche then you have to consider this one a raging inferno.

Still, the fact that the Knicks also want to spend considerable money on another former Piston who fans wish didn't get away is somewhat interesting. Woj writes that it is anticipated to take a maximum contract to secure Monroe's services and that Afflalo could command something around three years and $36 million to $38 million.

Monroe, 25, averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds last season in Detroit. The Pistons and Monroe are expected to part as Detroit continues to build around big man Andre Drummond. Earlier this month, Detroit traded for stretch forward Ersan Ilyasova and Stan Van Gundy has already penciled him in as the starting power forward.

Afflalo, 29, struggled last season in both Denver and Portland. He averaged 13.2 points, his lowest total since 2011, and shot only 35.4 percent from 3. And he's expected to command $12 million annually.

There will definitely be some crazy money thrown around this offseason.