The Detroit Pistons want Greg Monroe back and they’ve shown it in a handful of ways, not only publicly stating such but offering upwards of $13.5 million dollars a season. Despite that, the former Georgetown product isn’t biting and the Pistons are running out of options.
Greg Monroe allegedly wants an option in his contract to opt-out after the second or third season in case things don’t go as planned. It’s a reasonable request, but nobody knows if the Pistons are willing to accommodate him with such. What is known is that they recently increased their offer to Monroe but he still doesn’t seem interested in signing long term without the ability to alleviate himself from the situation.
Stuck at an impasse, it’s the belief of Joel Brigham that Greg Monroe will accept the Detroit Pistons one-year qualifying offer.
Chances are that he’ll take a qualifying offer and then go unrestricted next summer, but Detroit won’t want to get to that point.
If Greg Monroe was to take such the Detroit Pistons would have to know that their chances of retaining their power forward in an unrestricted scenario next offseason would be slim to none. So if Monroe does hint at wanting to take the qualifying offer (which would pay him about $5.5 million), you’d have to assume the Pistons would seriously look into a sign-and-trade scenario considering they don’t want him to walk for nothing.
Detroit has already talked about sign-and-trade scenarios with the Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers and Atlanta Hawks (the New Orleans Pelicans were said to have engaged the Pistons as well) but the talks went little of no place given Detroit’s demands.