Greg Monroe must really, really not want to play for the Detroit Pistons.
Either that, or his agent, David Falk, knows something that we don’t.
According to the Detroit Free Press (H/T Detroit Bad Boys), the Pistons are reportedly offering Monore the opportunity to be the highest paid player on the team next season — yes, even a higher contract number than Josh Smith‘s outrageous deal.
Though, it doesn’t appear that Monroe has any interest in signing on the dotted line.
Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press writes that talks remain at a standstill, even after Detroit raised its offer.
The Pistons have moved from the initial five-year, $60-million offer and an offer that’s slightly better than the four-year, $54-million deal that Josh Smith signed last summer is on the table.
But the offer to make him the highest paid player on the roster hasn’t brokered an agreement. And negotiations aren’t ongoing.
The impasse could last into next month unless a sudden sign-and-trade materializes. There were discussions with the Blazers early in the process and Yahoo! Sports reported recently that brief discussions with Suns and Hawks didn’t gain traction. That’s probably because the Pistons are placing a premium on Monroe that teams so far have proven unwilling to pay.
If Monroe has no interest in signing in Detroit longterm, and nothing that has happened this offseason would suggest that, there’s still the chance that he could sign his $5.4 million qualifying offer in order to become an unrestricted free agent after next season.
That deadline for that is Oct. 1.
Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season for the Pistons.