That decision will now force the Pistons to deal with Monroe’s pending restricted free agency.
According to Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report, at least five teams are planning to show interest in Monroe once the season comes to an end.
The source said at this point, five teams—most in the Eastern Conference—”want to make a play” for Monroe this summer.
“It will just come down to money in the end,” the source said. “I think it will happen pretty quickly after July 1.”
At this point, it’s difficult to say what the Pistons will do with Monroe in free agency.
Given his restricted status, the Pistons will have the right to match any offer he receives from an interested team. Of course, what they deem acceptable will be the sticking point.
A team is certainly going to have to overpay for Monroe if they’re to sign him outright or even in a sign and trade scenario.