Greg Monroe is in a real difficult, strange situation. So are the Detroit Pistons.
Monroe wants a longterm, hefty deal from the Pistons. If he can’t get that, he wants to sign a shorter deal in order to test unrestricted free agency in the near future. The Pistons just want to sign Monroe at the right price, knowing that they’re going to have to pay Andre Drummond soon. But with Josh Smith‘s fat contract still on the books for a few more seasons, that could pose problems down the line, if Monroe’s contract isn’t Detroit-friendly.
Perhaps the only real resolution, for both sides, is a sign and trade deal for Monroe. And according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who appeared on Aime Mukendi Jr.’s podcast, the Pistons and Atlanta Hawks may be working on such deal.
Detroit has tried to help [Monroe] with some sign and trade possibilities around the league. Monroe doesn’t really have a great interest in going back and playing with the Pistons. If they’re going to move him in a sign-and-trade, they’ve got to get value for him. They’ve got to get back some significant talent to compensate for that loss. They haven’t been able to find a deal for him.
They’ve talked with Atlanta, I believe they talked with Phoenix for a while. Portland had some interest early on, but those teams moved on. They could have signed Monroe to an offer sheet but Detroit would have likely matched it.
Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds last season for the Detroit Pistons.