Since most of the big names in free agency have signed already, the news has been about Kevin Love. There are still some decent players out there. The two best remaining free agents are Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe.
When free agency started teams were making moves quickly for less quality players. Now that LeBron, Carmelo, Bosh and Wade are all signed the market has slowed down. So why isn’t anyone making a move for these two quality guys? I understand they are both restricted free agents so their teams can match any offer. It doesn’t hurt to make an offer for one of these guys.
The Lakers should have jumped at the chance to go after Bledsoe instead of throwing money at Nick Young, Jordan Hill and Ed Davis. At least throw some money at Bledsoe and see if the Suns will really match any offer. He’s not on the same page as the Suns and wants more money. I’m not sure he is worth more money considering he can’t stay healthy. I understand he wants long term security and a big payday. He’s a good, young, athletic point guard who plays defense. The Lakers need a point guard and he’s right there.
Greg Monroe is a solid big who does not want to be in Detroit. He might take a qualifying offer from the Pistons and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. That would probably be his best move if he really wants to leave Detroit. However it is still shocking that no team has made an offer for him.
The Lakers happened to lose Pau Gasol so they should go after Monroe. Monroe can’t play with Josh Smith that’s why the Pistons were looking to move Smith. Just to see if the Pistons would match any offer, the Lakers should make an offer. They shouldn’t throw big money at him but you have to try something.
The other free agents out there are veteran backups. They can help different teams but Bledsoe and Monroe are legit starters. The market has disappeared for them and it’s a little strange. Teams need to at least make an offer for either player. They can help a lot of teams out there so force the Suns and Pistons to match the offer or let them walk.