Mar 1, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Pistons power forward Greg Monroe (10) controls the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Monroe Rumors: Pistons may not trade Monroe before deadline

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The Detroit Pistons are figuring things out with restricted free agent Greg Monroe, as he’s been floating around the market for a while now but has received no offers from anyone other than the team he doesn’t want to play for — the Detroit Pistons.

But there’s a qualifying offer out to Monroe from Detroit that would see him play another season in the Motor City before then becoming eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2015. That’s something that has sparked trade rumors around Monroe, but don’t expect a move soon after the offer sheet is signed by Monroe.

According to David Mayo of, Monroe would lose his Bird Rights and it could throw off his plans for a max contract in the future.

No, a trade is not probable if Monroe signs the QO, because the long-term business ramifications of consenting to a trade in the same season could hamper his future marketability. If Monroe signs the QO then consents to a trade, he loses his Bird rights (the privilege a team has to exceed the salary cap to re-sign its own tenured veterans). If he is angling for a maximum contract eventually, signing a QO and sacrificing his Bird rights, all within a scant half-year, would be a brow-arching way of going about it. Not to say it’s impossible, but it would have to be a sure-thing future contract and a fantastic situation for Monroe to approve a trade if he signs the QO.

Losing his Bird Rights would be a bit hard for Monroe to stomach, but playing in a situation where he can fully display his talents is something he may want to sacrifice those rights for, but it’s not a certainty to happen.

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