It’s been oddly quiet on the Greg Monroe front lately.
Despite him being a restricted free agent, and teams being turned off by that fact, not much seems to be happening between the Detroit Pistons and the young big man — raising questions as to whether or not the Pistons are really trying to sign him.
Even though new Pistons head coach and president Stan Van Gundy has already said that Monroe is a “very important piece of the puzzle in Detroit” and that the team “wants him back very, very much,” nothing has happened passed those comments.
And while the Pistons resume talks with the Sacramento Kings in terms of trying to trade Josh Smith, Monroe’s future in Detroit could very well depend on the success of said talks.
Renewed discussions between the Kings and Pistons on Josh Smith have not progressed yet to the point where a deal is imminent, source says.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 17, 2014
Essentially, if the Pistons can’t trade Smith would they then begin to pursue sign and trade options for Monroe?
Sources said the Pistons also seriously discussed various sign-and-trade scenarios this month that would have landed restricted free agent Greg Monroe in Portland, but the Blazers ultimately pulled themselves out of the race for Monroe by signing free-agent big man Chris Kaman to join Robin Lopez in the Blazers’ center rotation.
With Andre Drummond‘s contract up in a couple of seasons, it may not be in the best interest of the Pistons to already have the huge contracts of Josh Smith and Greg Monroe already on the books. This might really be a decision, if Detroit can’t trade Smith, of Monroe or Drummond.