As soon as former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy was named president and head coach of the Detroit Pistons, the speculation surrounding the future of power forward Greg Monroe has grown.
Monroe is set to become a restricted free and there is expected to be a lot of interest in him. Plus, Van Gundy played with a stretch-four in Orlando, placing the likes of Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson next to center Dwight Howard in order to stretch the defense while Howard drew doubles in the post. Many expect Van Gundy to do the same with Pistons’ center Andre Drummond.
Van Gundy, however, continues to tell reporters he wants to retain Monroe.
According to Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press, Van Gundy is in contact with Monroe and is in daily contact with his agent, David Falk.
But the Free Press happened to catch Van Gundy while he was preparing to hop on a plane in Los Angeles, where he has spent most of the week meeting with team owner Tom Gores.
The main reason for Van Gundy’s trip was the first face-to-face meeting between Gores and new Pistons general manager Jeff Bower, who was hired earlier this month. But it’s fair to say that the upcoming NBA free agency period was a topic of conversation, too.
Van Gundy reiterated that he’s in contact with restricted free agent forward Greg Monroe via text messages and added: “I’m in almost daily contact with David Falk.”
Falk is Monroe’s agent.
Monroe put up 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field and 65.7% from the free throw line last season.