The Detroit Pistons have a situation with Greg Monroe that isn’t getting resolved anytime soon and that has everything to do with the big man playing his cards in an unorthodox but perfect manner.
Monroe is unwilling to sign long term with the Pistons unless he gets the exact deal he wants, as he can see the market in 2015 is ripe for the picking and he won’t get tied down to Detroit. That has nothing to do with the new regime though, as the arrival of Stan Van Gundy has hardly swayed Monroe one way or the other.
According to Michael Lee of The Washington Post, there are no hard feelings or resentment felt towards Stan Van Gundy from Monroe, even though he’s not sold yet on the direction of the team when it comes to role in Detroit.
Monroe doesn’t have anything against Van Gundy but is uncertain if he has the patience to invest four or five more years in the Pistons.
Monroe has until Oct. 1 to sign the deal and would essentially flip the tables on the Pistons. He would then have the right to veto any trade but would sacrifice his Bird rights in the process, making it more unlikely that he will move on before next summer.
The Pistons would love to keep Monroe but it’s looking like that will not be the case beyond the 2014-15 season. It’s not going to be a crowded offseason in 2015 when it comes to big men hitting free agency and that’ll make Monroe a top choice on the market and likely help him secure the deal he wants now.
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