The Detroit Pistons want to have their cake and eat it too.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns have reportedly shown interest in the possibilities of a sign and trade for Monroe.
I’m not sure if that’s something the Pistons will be able to work around, but if they can find a way to get away with it, who can blame them?
Keeping a frontline of Monroe and Drummond intact for the foreseeable future won’t be easy, but the first step in making that happen is by keeping Monroe.
.@JosephJarbo: are the Pistons trading Monroe? —> has not been their stance. They want to keep him.
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) July 21, 2014
Kyler writes that it’s “clear” that Detroit isn’t going to give Monroe a max deal, however, they’re still likely to match any offer that Monroe would get on the open market. Of course, assuming that it isn’t for max dollars.
The Detroit Pistons have $1.43 million in space, but are carrying a $10.216 million cap hold on their qualifying offer to Greg Monroe. Pistons president Stan Van Gundy has labeled retaining Monroe as the team’s top offseason priority, but it’s clear they are not willing to give a max offer. With almost no money left in the market, they are simply playing the waiting game. There were reports that the Phoenix Suns may make an offer to Monroe, but it’s likely that Detroit matches an offer sheet.
Monroe averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds last season with the Pistons.