It truly is incredible that we are well into August and big man Greg Monroe remains unsigned. And unfortunately for Monroe, who is seeking a hefty pay day after spending the past four seasons on his rookie contract with the Detroit Pistons, it doesn’t sound like his situation is going to get resolved anytime soon.
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that talks with the Pistons are at a standstill and sign-and-trade talks haven’t gained much traction.
The Pistons have moved from the initial five-year, $60-million offer and an offer that’s slightly better on a per-year basis 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.
The impasse could last into next month unless a sudden sign-and-trade materializes. There were discussions with the Blazers early in the process and Yahoo! Sports reported recently that brief discussions with Suns and Hawks didn’t gain traction. That’s probably because the Pistons are placing a premium on Monroe that teams so far have proven unwilling to pay.
A big problem for Monroe is that the Pistons and other teams don’t view him as as potential franchise player and are unwilling to offer him a max contract. However, his age (24) and numbers (15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in 2013-14) understandably make him feel like he’s worth significant cash this offseason. Plus, his restricted status obviously complicates things.
There is the possibility that Monroe could return to the Pistons by signing a $5.4 million qualifying offer, which would make the big man an unrestricted free agent next summer.
However, the most likely scenario remains that he eventually comes to an agreement on a long-term deal with Detroit this summer.