When former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy took over as head coach and president of the Detroit Pistons, he knew he had his work cut out for him following a 29-53 season. When the Pistons fell from eighth to ninth in the NBA’s Draft Lottery, it got even worse – the Pistons lost their top eight protected pick.
Van Gundy has made a few minor moves but the Pistons’s biggest question of the offseason – the future of restricted free agent big man Greg Monroe – remains. Monroe has been discussed in connection with a few times but nothing has ever materialized, leaving his future up in question.
As Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press reported, there is no sign-and-trade market for Monroe.
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.
Monroe put up 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field and 65.7% from the free throw line last season.
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