The Detroit Pistons can’t seem to win for losing with restricted free agent Greg Monroe. The two sides have been in a stalemate all offseason and appear no closer to a resolution. Monroe had went as far as to suggest that alleged contract offers haven’t even made their way to him.
With the situation getting bleaker by the day, Greg Monroe suggested that he would be open to accepting a one-year qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons. Such a move would give Monroe a no-trade clause for the upcoming season and would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the year.
Obviously the Detroit Pistons wouldn’t be a huge fan of such considering they’d likely be losing one of the better young big men in the league for nothing.
So why not just offer Greg Monroe a maximum level deal and get the situation over well? Well, according to head coach Stan Van Gundy, it’s very possible that Greg Monroe wouldn’t even sign that deal.
There have been reports during the past few weeks hinting that Greg Monroe wants an opt-out after the second or third season of his contract in case things don’t go as planned in Motown. It’s not unreasonable but a max contract would essentially prevent that, which is why Van Gundy hints the top level contract may not even be enough to get the job done.
Assuming the two sides can’t find middle ground on an agreement, Monroe has until October 1st to accept the one-year qualifying offer.