Earlier this week we heard reports that the Detroit Pistons were turning away all calls from the Washington Wizards when it came to trade offers for big man Greg Monroe. As it turns out, the policy of rejecting trade offers for Monroe extended beyond just the Wizards and includes the rest of the NBA.
ESPN insider Marc Stein is reporting that the Pistons are turning away all calls that come in asking about Greg Monroe.
Sources briefed on the situation told ESPN.com this week that the Pistons have been telling teams with Monroe interest that the restricted free agent-to-be — no matter what you’ve heard — is not available.
This likely means that if the Pistons are going to make a trade before the deadline this February, they’re going to have to deal someone other than Monroe. It has been said that the Pistons would like to be active at the deadline, and it’s also clear that fans wouldn’t at all be heart broken if the guy traded is Josh Smith.
No matter what happens, the Pistons are taking Greg Monroe off the market, which means they must feel confident in their ability to re-sign him before he gets snatched up in free agency.