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

Greg Monroe rumors: Detroit Pistons say they've tried to sign him

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The Detroit Pistons understandably want Greg Monroe back next season and would like a commitment beyond. But there appears to be hesitation on the part of the former Georgetown product, who has yet to re-sign with the team.

So why the hold up?

The first thought is that Greg Monroe is holding out for a better contract, but there are only a few select teams who have the type of money available to sign Monroe outright. And of those teams, like the Philadelphia 76ers, they appear loaded upfront with young talent.

Considering that, is the Detroit Pistons forward/center waiting for a potential sign-and-trade scenario to pop up? It’s completely possible as head coach Stan Van Gundy says the Detroit Pistons have attempted to sign Monroe but roadblocks on both sides have prevented that.

We have tried. … We’ve tried to make him understand what we’re trying to do and why we think he’s an important part of it. But he’s got some decisions to make, too. Part of it’s to do with us, part of it has to do with his first four years here and everything else, and part of it has to do, I guess, with what he wants in the future, so we don’t have a resolution on it right now.

At this point it doesn’t look as if Greg Monroe, a restricted free agent, will be receiving an offer sheet as teams just don’t have the available funds. So the most likely scenario for him is to either sign a contract extension with the Pistons, agree to a one-year qualifying offer which will allow him to become a free agent at season end or continue to search for a sign-and-trade scenario.

Regardless, it doesn’t seem as if his offseason went as planned.

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