Pistons must give Greg Monroe max contract or trade him

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Monroe knows he’ll face queries about a potential extension for himself — except he doesn’t want to hear it.

“No, I’m not (going to hear questions),” Monroe said. “I want you (all) to circulate this right now. Pay attention. I have an agent like everybody else in the NBA. He’s gonna communicate with the front office. I’m here to play and that’s it. If you ask, I’m not gonna talk about it.”

That appears to mean the status quo – Greg Monroe not planning to sign an extension before the Oct. 31 deadline – is intact. Here’s my response at the Detroit Free Press:

The Pistons must determine whether Monroe deserves a max contract. If they deem he doesn’t, they must trade him, because he all but certainly will get one next summer.

As a restricted free agent, Monroe could receive an offer sheet from any team. If the Pistons don’t give him a max contract, someone else will. At that point, Detroit would have the option to match the offer.

If the Pistons are willing to match any offer, there’s no problem here. If they’re not, they can’t let themselves get put into that position, because that would mean losing Monroe for nothing if the offer gets too high — and it surely will get as high as the collective bargaining agreement allows.

In the last 10 years, just three players have averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game in two of their first three seasons: Blake Griffin, DeMarcus Cousins and Monroe.

Griffin got a max extension and, reportedly, so has Cousins. Productive young big men get paid, as they should.

The Pistons simply must operate under the assumption Monroe will get a max contract one way or another.

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