Mar 15, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) is defended by Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) in the fourth quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Indiana won in overtime 112-104. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Monroe rumors: Detroit Pistons talking contract?

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The Detroit Pistons want to re-sign Greg Monroe, this much we know. But they also want to do it at a fair market value and want to ink the former Georgetown product to a long term deal.

Meanwhile, Greg Monroe seems to dislike the notion of being locked up for the foreseeable future and wants to have the ability to get out of a bad situation if need be. That’s why rumors have hinted that he’s asking for a third-year opt-out clause in a new contract with the Detroit Pistons.

It’s not known if the team is willing to consider that, though according to Steve Kyler there is ongoing dialogue between the two sides.

Sources close to the process say there continues to be ongoing dialogue with the Pistons and that they do want to ink Monroe to a new deal.

The problem for the Pistons is that Monroe and his camp are not overly thrilled with the idea of signing a long-term deal at what they perceive to be less than market valuation.

Of course, the only team that can afford to pay Greg Monroe the type of cash he wants outright are the Philadelphia 76ers and with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid on their roster, they’re not going to invest heavy money into another big.

That leaves Monroe in a bit of a predicament as he either needs to re-sign with the Pistons (be it on a one-year qualifying deal or a long-term contract) or push for a sign-and-trade. It’s been said that the Pistons have spoken to teams about such, though talks have gone nowhere given their demands.

Given that, it seems most likely that Greg Monroe will be back with the Detroit Pistons next season, it’s just a matter of how long.

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