Apr 16, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) attempts a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Detroit Pistons GM Wants To Sign Greg Monroe


Just because Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons are without a first round pick in this years draft doesn’t mean they have any down time. SVG has a lot of work ahead of him sorting through this roster before free agency begins on July 1st.

The disaster that was the 2013 Pistons is well documented and to fix that disaster there is a list of problems need to be solved.  Number one on that list is what to do with Greg Monroe.

Monroe played at power forward and center last season and looked at times to be a player out of sync with the Detroit Pistons attempts to run and gun. Because of that Greg Monroe was the subject of constant trade rumors leading most fans to assume that the former first round draft pick would be on the way out-of-town.

But Stan Van Gundy has a different plan for Monroe.

 “I value Greg Monroe highly, yes, I do want him here,” Van Gundy said. “But, when you’re dealing with free agents, even restricted free agents, the situation gets more complicated.” 

Greg Monroe is a restricted free agent meaning the Pistons can retain him by simply matching his best offer. The problem with keeping Monroe is that Stan Van Gundy has made it clear that he plans to use Josh Smith as a power forward. That seems to contradict any logic behind signing Monroe to a new contract considering both play the number four position.

Any signing of Monroe would have to include the understanding that he will be coming off the bench, something Monroe may not be willing to do.

It appears SVG was right….this is complicated.

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