“I have a very close relationship, as do most players who play for the Pistons, with the front office,” Monroe said. “They communicate with us very well. … There’s always going to be speculation, people are going to make up stuff, they’re going to hear stuff, they’re going to write it. I don’t worry about it. I’m very happy being a Piston and I hope they’re very happy with me. As far as I know, they like me.”
Q: How much repair work did you do when it came to Chauncey Billups’ hurt feelings about being traded in 2008?
A: “You can’t go to a guy and divulge business like that. It was tough because he’s right — I had a close relationship with him. But there’s no way you can divulge everything to a player that you’re talking about and why.
I’m sure the Pistons like Monroe, as they should. He’s a very good young player at a position where talent is at a premium. But other teams will like him for the same reasons, and the Pistons have two other players – Andre Drummond and Josh Smith – capable of playing the power positions well.
The Pistons don’t have to aggressively shop Monroe, but they should at least entertain offers for him. As to whether they tell him about all those discussions, that’s another matter entirely. Just ask Billups or Prince – or Dumars himself.