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Apr 16, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers to offer Greg Monroe max contract

This summer will see a few big name free agents hit the market and we could seem them changing uniforms for the first time in their careers. Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe is going to become a restricted free agent when the signing period opens which means the Pistons have a mighty decision on their hands when it comes to what they plan on doing with him.

According to Sean Deveney from The Sporting News, Detroit may have their hand forced, as that team is already on the fence about Monroe and word that the Lakers are planning on offering him a max contract would force an ultimatum on the Pistons.

Per the Sporting News:

The Lakers are the other team most frequently mentioned among league executives when it comes to Monroe. If L.A. does not make any splashy moves around the draft, and if the Lakers are ready to concede that Carmelo Anthony is not coming, then they figure to target young, second-tier free agents—and Monroe is at the head of that list.

This is bad news for Pistons fans who want to see him stay as Monroe is unlikely to get a max deal from the Pistons this offseason. Still, Roy Hibbert signed a max offer sheet with the Portland Trail Blazers a few years ago and saw it matched by the Indiana Pacers, so anything is possible.

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