Earlier this offseason it was reported that Greg Monroe was holding back from signing a long-term contract extension with the Detroit Pistons because of Josh Smith. In fact, reports leaked suggesting that Monroe wanted Smith traded before he was to ink a deal.
But just a quickly as that noise broke, Greg Monroe’s camp came out and stated such was not true and the Detroit Pistons backed the sentiment. That appears to be the feeling of Steve Kyler as well who suggests Greg Monroe’s reluctance to sign with the Detroit Pistons has more to do with his own career than the state of Josh Smith in Motown.
.@DW33zyy: if pistons got rid of smith would Monroe be fine signing long term? —> Not really related. More about his career and winning.
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) August 27, 2014
While Smith’s albatross of a contract is understandably problematic since it hampers the ability to properly build a roster, that shouldn’t be the reason as to why Greg Monroe has yet to re-sign with the Detroit Pistons. It certainly can be a reason along with Smith’s sub-par play, but Greg Monroe is simply looking out for his own well-being at this time and it’s hard to begrudge him for doing so.
It’s certainly risky if Monroe does opt to accept the one-year qualifying offer presented to him by the Pistons, but it seems to be headed that way currently. Monroe has until October 1st to sign the qualifying offer though the Detroit Pistons can extend the deadline if they choose to do so.