The Detroit Pistons have been hearing their name a lot in trade rumors and those rumors have involved a player they’re adamant about not trading away. Greg Monroe is being coveted by a few teams and despite saying he’s not on the block, the Pistons are still getting calls about him.
Detroit is only trading Monroe away in a ridiculously good deal, as it’s been noted that the asking price from him is excessively high. According to TNT and NBA.com analyst David Aldridge, the Pistons won’t be trading Monroe and they’ll likely be matching any offer the restricted free agent gets in the offseason.
If Falk finds a team ready to give Monroe the max or something close to it, expect Detroit to match the offer sheet and worry about the money later. At worst, you’d have a 24-year-old, 6-foot-10 power forward under contract that you’d then be able to shop. The Pistons had to lose a lot to wind up with top-10 picks in three straight Drafts. Those assets mean more to them than they probably do to others.
Aldridge likens Monroe’s situation to that of Roy Hibbert a few years ago, where the Portland Trail Blazers offered Hibbert a max contract that the Pacers then matched. Monroe isn’t on Hibbert’s level yet, but the Pistons clearly aren’t going to let him get away.