Jan 22, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) looks to shoot against Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson (31) during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Pistons have made an ‘Internal Decision’ on Greg Monroe


The July 1st deadline for teams to decide if they want to put a bid in for Pistons restricted free agent center Greg Monroe is fastly approaching and despite the NBA Draft being a top priority, putting together a game plan for Greg Monroe’s pending free agency has been the number one priority for Stan Van Gundy.

That’s according to Pistons.com’s Keith Langlois.

Stan Van Gundy had a lengthy with the media earlier this afternoon and focused on Greg Monroe’s current situation. As a restricted free agent, the Pistons have the right to match any deal offered by other teams in the league. The so-called plan for Monroe is rather simple according to Fox 2′s Jennifer Hammond.

According to Hammond, the Pistons also met yesterday to discuss who they’d like to target in free agency starting July 1st.

The Pistons will have roughly 13.5 million dollars in cap space available. While forward Jonas Jerebko plans to exercise his player option, there has been no word on whether the Pistons will decline point guard Chauncey Billup’s 2.5 million dollar contract for next season.

Keeping Monroe at all costs is a good move, simply because he’s a solid number two asset for the organization. He and Andre Drummond make one of the most talented frontcourts in the NBA.

The question now will focus on what the Pistons do with Josh Smith. Will he be a sixth man off the bench? Or will some organization be willing to take a chance on Smith to get them over the hump.

If I were Van Gundy and Pistons owner Tom Gores, I’d be willing to give Monroe the max contract, no matter what his future is in Detroit.

Tags: Detroit Pistons Greg Monroe

  • Joe

    Praise him.
    Fool people into thinking you want to keep him.
    Drive up his value.
    Move him.
    Is that what is going on here?
    Monroe is a very good big man, and somebody is going to get a good player if Detroit trades him.

    • Kevin Alberda

      I think SVG is going into this with a price set in his head. If he can get him for that amount, great. If he can’t, all this talk about how valuable he is can’t hurt his trade value. I think he’s leaving his options open.

  • Brandon J Williams

    I gotta agree. Monroe is SO talented. Very few big men that can handle the rock & start a fast break & finish it coast to coast. I just wish Detroit was being stupid about this situation so Boston could swoop in b

  • Joe Dexter

    I’m with you Kevin. Either way, it’s a win win. I genuinely believe though that the organization has made a decision and will stick to it. I just wonder if that decision includes signing a max deal.