Apr 16, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) attempts a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Detroit Pistons Don't Want To Trade Or Max Out Greg Monroe

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The Detroit Pistons want to have their cake and eat it too.

According to Steve Kyler, of Basketball Insiders, the Detroit Pistons don’t want to trade restricted free agent Greg Monroe, but at the same time don’t want to offer him a max contract either.

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.

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.


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