Greg Monroe and his agent David Falk visited a Detroit Pistons summer league practice Thursday, so Andre Drummond used it as something of a personal recruiting opportunity for his free-agent teammate. "He's got to go through his process of what he wants to do but I'd love to have him back," Drummond said about Monroe on Friday, on the eve of the Pistons' opening game at Orlando Pro Summer League. "I'd do whatever it takes to get him back. "It comes down to what he wants to do. I told him, 'I can't stop you if you want to go.' But he loves it here (in Detroit), so I feel like he's going to come back." Falk is shopping Monroe on the open market, though the Pistons can match any offer. The Pistons also have shopped Josh Smith on the trade market, though Drummond said he questioned the prospect of moving last summer's major free-agent acquisition after one season. "I highly doubt that," Drummond said. "I don't see that happening. I just don't see it happening." He said what he can envision, after quietly questioning last year's alignment in which he started alongside both Monroe and Smith, is the big-three rotation at two positions favored by new president of basketball operations and head coach Stan Van Gundy. With the trio playing almost exclusively at center and power forward, that leaves only the question of who comes off the bench. "That's something that's going to have to be discussed between Greg and Josh and myself, with Stan, to figure out who's going to be that guy not starting the game," Drummond said. "I feel like it's not going to be a problem or an issue. It just comes down to who is going to do it." Drummond said as long as the trio confine their minutes to two spots, with little or no time at small forward for Smith, they can coexist.
Andre Drummond appeals to Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe: 'I feel like he's going to come back'
Michigan Live | Jul 5