Although a handful of teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs are said to be interested in Detroit Pistons restricted free agent Greg Monroe, it doesn’t appear as if he’ll be leaving Motown.
That’s the word from Basketball Insiders Steve Kyler who suggests that the Pistons have no intention of letting Monroe go.
Responding to a fan question about what the Pistons could net in a potential trade for Greg Monroe, Kyler gave the following answer:
“Nothing, he’s a free agent. They plan to keep him.”
It’s a stance that was initially echoed by newly minted head coach, Stan Van Gundy, though it was hard to tell if he was being truthful or just giving lip service considering he didn’t want to ruffle any feathers or give any teams with interest a desire to make a play for the former Georgetown product.
Reports a few days ago suggested that the New Orleans Pelicans engaged themselves in sign-and-trade talks with the Pistons, though, there was no word on how Detroit responded, assuming they gave any type of response at all.
As for Detroit’s desires to keep Greg Monroe, the big man is a restricted free agent meaning that the Pistons can match any offer he receives in free agency, though some believe he’ll command upwards of a max deal which might make the Pistons decision to retain Monroe a bit of a question mark moving forward.
It’s not known if Detroit will attempt to re-sign Monroe themselves or if they’ll let him set the market by signing an offer sheet with an opposing team.