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Nov 28, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (left) and guard Spencer Dinwiddie (right) walk off the court after the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Bucks win 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Monroe’s Venture Into Restricted Free Agency

During the offseason, the major story should have been Stan Van Gundy and his vision to rebuild the Pistons.  Instead the big summer story revolved around Pistons big man Greg Monroe and his venture into restricted free agency.

Greg Monroe hit the restricted free agent market at the end of the 2013-14 season in hopes of getting a max contract from an NBA franchise looking a cornerstone player in the front court.  Although there was some interest in Monroe from the Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets, the Pistons former lottery pick could not get any takers for fear of the Pistons matching the offer and retaining Monroe.

Instead Greg Monroe chose to sign a one-year qualifying offer guaranteeing him a no-trade clause and the right to call his own shots this season.

It also guarantees that one of the biggest offseason stories in Detroit Sports is likely to carry over in what should be a pivotal offseason for the rebuilding Pistons.

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