Greg Monroe is (reportedly) OK with doing this NBA free agency tango all over again next offseason. However, it’ll be with a different partner if he, and the Detroit Pistons, get to that point.
It’ll be with the tag of an unrestricted free agent.
According to The Detroit News, the Detroit Pistons restricted free agent is OK with the idea of signing his one-year $5.3 million qualifying offer in order to become an unrestricted free agent next summer — and the Pistons are well aware of that possibility.
While the Pistons big man has not pursued an offer sheet from another team, he has pursued sign-and-trade possibilities, and Monroe is “definitely” willing to take the one-year qualifying offer worth $5.3 million from Detroit in order to ensure his unrestricted free agency next summer, a source familiar with Monroe’s thinking told The Detroit News.
The Pistons are aware of Monroe’s wishes, hence Van Gundy’s statements alluding to recruiting him, as well as his constant mantra of being prepared for any contingency, including him taking a qualifying offer.
“That’s always a possibility,” Van Gundy said.
This offseason has had everything for the Pistons. They hired Stan Van Gundy, tried to trade Josh Smith and now can’t come to an agreement with restricted free agent Greg Monore.
Nevertheless, if Monroe and the Pistons can’t come to an agreement anytime soon, he has until Oct. 1 to sign his qualifying offer.
Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season for the Pistons.