From the very beginning Stan Van Gundy has made signing Greg Monore his number one priority. So much so they he has commented that the “Monroe situation” has taken “most of his time’ this offseason.
If you buy into what Detroit Pistons beat writer Vince Ellis says, it is becoming a little more clear as to why Van Gundy is so concerned.
It all goes back to last year and the huge contract that was offered to Josh Smith. Monroe always thought he would eventually get the max contract from the Pistons and now apparently feels betrayed.
Monroe’s a smart guy and he understands Drummond is special. He even suggested Drummond to the front office before the 2012 draft. But he still expected to be rewarded with a max contract for his hard work and professionalism when his time for an extension arrived last summer. Then they signed Smith — basically telling Monroe to chill for a bit. You can understand Monroe feeling betrayed. Smith plays the same position and took the money he feels he had been promised.
If that is the case Greg Monroe may not want to stay in Detroit, even if the Pistons match another teams offer of a max contract. He may prefer a change of scenery where he will have more of a primary role in the offense rather than coming off the bench behind Smith and Drummond.
If Greg Monroe does feel betrayed that explains a few things about last seasons lack of team chemistry. SVG must sort through the emotion and get this team’s focus back on winning basketball games. Even if that means letting Greg Monroe walk.