There’s a reason why you haven’t heard a lot about Greg Monroe’s contract situation — there’s nothing to report.
It’s highly likely that the fourth-year power forward won’t receive a contract extension from the Pistons before the Halloween deadline, meaning Monroe will be a restricted free agent next off-season.
While on the surface that may seem scary for Pistons fans, it’s not.
Monroe will go into free agency as a restricted free agent, allowing the Pistons to match any contract offer he is presented. In short, Detroit is hoping to have the market set a price for Monroe rather than following suit with teams who extended players this offseason, say like the Sacramento Kings who gave center DeMarcus Cousins a five year, $80 million dollar deal.
By waiting things out, the Pistons are essentially hoping some team will offer Monroe a contract below market value that they can match. Of course, as we’ve seen in the past, these things can backfire, but those instances are pretty rare.