During the course of the offseason the Detroit Pistons have engaged themselves in sign-and-trade scenarios involving Greg Monroe with a handful of teams.
The New Orleans Pelicans were said to be one of the first to show interest, but hardly the only considering the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers have all been linked to alleged sign-and-trade scenarios with Monroe.
Alas, nothing was ever worked out, mostly due to the Detroit Pistons elevated asking price. Given that, it’s unlikely that Monroe will be signed-and-trade at all this offseason despite the lack of contract between he and the Detroit Pistons.
Unless the Detroit Pistons are going to reduce their asking price there simply doesn’t seem to be room for a sign-and-trade scenario.
That leaves Greg Monroe only two options as he can either sign a long term deal with Detroit or he can agree on the one-year qualifying offer which would make him an unrestricted free agent come next offseason. He’ll be due $5.5 million if he selects that option though takes the risk of potentially injuring himself and not securing the long, guaranteed contract that he covets.
If there is a plus to Greg Monroe taking the one-year qualifying offer, he will have the ability to block a trade so it’s not as if the Pistons could simply move him anywhere they desired.
Detroit has reportedly upped their offer to the former Georgetown product in recent days, though the two sides remain at a current stalemate. Monroe has until October 1st to accept the qualifying offer.