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 increase contract offer

The Detroit Pistons have made efforts to re-sign restricted free agent Greg Monroe on more than one occasion, yet the former Georgetown product continues to rebuff them.

Head coach Stan Van Gundy has previously listed multiple roadblock’s as to why the Detroit Pistons haven’t been able to agree on a contract with Greg Monroe, though his alleged reluctance to sign long term without an opt-0ut clause has reportedly been a major sticking point.

Hoping to interest Greg Monroe on signing a new deal, the Pistons have reportedly increased their contract offer to the power forward/center though he does not appear interested.

The Pistons have moved from the initial five-year, $60-million offer and an offer that’s slightly better than the four-year, $54-million deal that Josh Smith signed last summer is on the table.

But the offer to make him the highest paid player on the roster hasn’t brokered an agreement. And negotiations aren’t ongoing.

In simple terms, despite willing to pay him a hefty salary, the Detroit Pistons don’t feel Greg Monroe is a max player. Meanwhile, Monroe himself understandably feels different and believes he deserves that mega deal and wants the ability to leave the Pistons franchise if things don’t work out as planned.

Needless to say the two appear to be locked into a stalemate and an end doesn’t seem in sight. Might this all be a ploy to force a sign-and-trade scenario on the part of Greg Monroe? Hard to tell, though if the two sides can’t find a middle ground and he isn’t traded, the only option the two sides have is a one-year qualifying offer. Signing such would make Greg Monroe an unrestricted free agent next season.

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