If you are like me, or any other Pistons fans out there for that matter, the Greg Monroe contract situation has all but worn itself out. Monroe is a restricted free agent and has yet to sign with or receive a qualifying offer from anyone up to this point. You and I aren’t the only ones that are ready to get this thing sorted out however.
Pistons head coach and boss, Stan Van Gundy has admitted that naturally, the uncertainty surrounding Monroe has been frustrating and that the team has explored every possible avenue. They have discussed a new contract extension, trades and one-year qualifying offers.
Monroe either wants out of Detroit or wants Smith to dealt instead. Both are easier said than done.
“There’s only so many things that can happen,” Van Gundy said, via the Detroit Free Press. “There’s four things that can happen when you get into this situation. You reach a deal with the guy ahead of time. You reach a deal with him. You do a sign-and-trade. He signs a qualifying offer or he goes and gets an offer sheet and brings it back to you and you make your decision to match or not.”
” We’re prepared for all of those. I just keep saying the same thing. We’re prepared in all of those things. I really don’t feel a real sense of anxiety about it. I know I would love to have Greg long-term, that’s what I want. But you can only control what you can control. I’m fairly relaxed about it.”
The reason why Monroe is not getting many looks on the trade market? It’s because the qualifying offer is simply too high to meet, according to Basketball insiders, Lang Greene. Detroit has a $5.5 million offer on the big man and teams are not looking to devote that salary cap space to essentially a one-year rental.
Unless the Pistons can find a trade partner for Smith, (which seems highly unlikely at this point) the best case scenario for Monroe is to sign the deal and then hit free agency in 2015.
If that ends up being the way it plays out, this years Pistons could look very similar to the team of a year ago.