Greg Monroe, as expected, did not receive a contract extension before last night’s deadline. He’ll become a restricted free agent this summer.
Now, the Pistons have 111 days – until the trade deadline – to determine whether Monroe deserves a max contract. As I wrote a month ago:
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.