When Greg Monroe entered restricted free agency this offseason, the Detroit Pistons knew they’d have a fight on their hands.
Of course, they didn’t expect the fight to be with Monroe himself, rather interested teams that wanted to sign the young big man. Alas, no team even made the former Georgetown product an offer as they knew the Detroit Pistons would match the contract, leaving Greg Monroe in limbo.
With no offers, he couldn’t sign elsewhere so Monroe and his agent began looking for sign-and-trade possibilities, however the Pistons weren’t overly eager to help as they demanded a ransom in return.
It was all in effort to get the promising young big man to sign the dotted line on a long-term contract, however Greg Monroe doesn’t appear ready to fold and plans to sign the one-year qualifying offer presented to him by the Pistons ‘soon’ according to the Detroit Free Press.
Monroe is expected to sign a qualifying offer with the team soon, making him an unrestricted free agent next spring if the two sides don’t agree to a deal.
Currently, Monroe has until October 1st to sign the qualifying offer though the Detroit Pistons can push the deadline back if they so desire.
Signing the deal would allow the power forward to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, though it’s not without risk. Not only will he lose his Bird Rights (which will eat into his ability to get a massive contract) but he’ll also risk injury without a guaranteed deal on the books.
Of course, it’s also a risk for the Pistons as well considering signing a one-year qualifying offer will give Monroe a full no-trade clause and it’s very possible Detroit could lose their young star for nothing in return at season end.