Detroit Pistons’ power forward Greg Monroe has had an excellent career thus far and will be looking to cash in as a restricted free agent this summer.
With Stan Van Gundy taking over as team president and head coach, many believe Monroe’s days are numbers and Van Gundy will look to deal Monroe in a sign-and-trade. However, Van Gundy continues to tell reporters that isn’t the case and made that clear once again on Wednesday.
“Before you talk about style of play we have a current roster right here, right now and we’ve got to build around that, and I think a key piece around that right now is the Greg Monroe situation as a restricted free agent,” Van Gundy said via Perry Farrell of The Detroit Free Press. “What’s going to go on there? With Greg and Andre [Drummond] you certainly have to play a little bit differently than we played in Orlando. That doesn’t mean you still can’t find a fit. We have two of the best young guys in the league. I value Greg Monroe highly. I do want him here, but obviously when you’re dealing with a free agent, even restricted free agents, the situation gets a little more complicated.”
In fact, Van Gundy has already sat down with Monroe.
“We’ve sat down face-to-face and they know how highly I value him. Greg Monroe is a very good young talent. He has great offensive skills. He has very high character. Those are things we value a great deal. I hope he’s here for the long haul.”
Monroe put up 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game last season.