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Apr 16, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons rumors: Greg Monroe open to qualifying offer

The back-and-forth between the Detroit Pistons and restricted free agent Greg Monroe may have just found a resolution, though it’s probably not what fans of the franchise wanted to hear. For weeks now the two sides have been at an impasse regarding a new contract and that doesn’t appear to be changing in the near future.

Rumors have suggested that the Detroit Pistons recently upped their contract offer in hopes of getting Greg Monroe to sign on the dotted line, however Monroe countered suggesting he never saw such a deal.

It’s hard to suggest there’s a lack of communication on both sides, but whatever the case, the relationship between the two parties seems a little odd. It might get a little more crazy if Greg Monroe accepts the one-year qualifying offer, which he is reportedly open to doing.

While the Pistons big man has not pursued an offer sheet from another team, he has pursued sign-and-trade possibilities, and Monroe is “definitely” willing to take the one-year qualifying offer worth $5.3 million from Detroit in order to ensure his unrestricted free agency next summer, a source familiar with Monroe’s thinking told The Detroit News.

While Monroe might be open to such, the Detroit Pistons likely wouldn’t be a big fan.

If the former Georgetown Hoyas talent was to accept the offer, it would also come with a no-trade clause. Given that, it seems as if the Pistons would likely attempt to sign-and-trade Greg Monroe before he accepted the qualifying offer so they could obtain some type of asset in return.

Needless to say, it’s an already sticky situation that’s only getting stickier.

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