The Detroit Pistons have done essentially everything they can to re-sign restricted free agent Greg Monroe, but the former Georgetown product isn’t exactly thrilled with the idea of returning to Motown.
Why exactly the two are struggling to find middle ground is unknown, though given Greg Monroe’s recent admission that he’ll be willing to sign a one-year qualifying offer, it seems as if their relationship is heavily tarnished. In fact, Greg Monroe sought out interested teams this offseason in hopes of a sign-and-trade deal, but apparently never discussed signing outright because he knew the Detroit Pistons would match the offer.
The sides were unable to come to an agreement on a long-term deal, and so it seems, though both sides are saying all the right things, that Monroe isn’t long for the Pistons’ organization.
We have one more log to add to that fire.
Washington Post national basketball writer Michael Lee reported last week that 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”.
The fact that Monroe didn’t want to sign a contract elsewhere is essentially an admission that he isn’t interested in returning to the Detroit Pistons because he didn’t want them matching any deal, which would have been their contractual right.
Greg Monroe has until October 1st (a deadline the Pistons could extend) to sign the one-year qualifying offer, but doing so would forfeit his Bird Rights. He would however be granted a full no-trade clause and would become an unrestricted free agent at season end.