When free agency opened, Detroit Pistons’ restricted free agent big man Greg Monroe was one of the top free agents on the market. Over a month-and-a-half later, that remains the case. Monroe doesn’t seem to have much interest in an extension with the Pistons even if they make him a huge offer and he will reportedly sign the Pistons’ qualifying offer and become a restricted free agent next summer.
Michael Lee of The Washington Post reports Monroe and his agent next sought offer sheets.
The only leverage Monroe possesses is to take the qualifying offer and take control of his own destiny next year without the restrictions he faces now.
Monroe and his agent, David Falk, never sought an offer sheet from another team but pursued sign-and-trade proposals with at least five other teams, including Portland and Oklahoma City, according to person familiar with the discussions. Monroe denied receiving a reported five-year, $60 million offer – or anything close – from Pistons and would’ve been unlikely to accept either way.
The Pistons would likely have matched any offer sheet the Monroe signed with another team while a sign-and-trade would assure him that he’d not only have a new contract but he’d be moving on so it makes sense Monroe would pursue sign-and-trades rather than an offer sheet.
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. He’s averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 50.8% from the floor and 67.8% from the charity stripe in his career.
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