It looks like the Pistons are doing what they can to interest Greg Monroe into staying in Detroit long term.
Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Pistons have slightly increased their offer to Greg Monroe and decreased the amount of years to create a similar contract that Josh Smith signed last offseason.
The Pistons have moved from the initial five-year, $60-million offer and an offer that’s slightly better than the four-year, $54-million deal that Josh Smith signed last summer is on the table.
But the offer to make him the highest paid player on the roster hasn’t brokered an agreement. And negotiations aren’t ongoing.
The impasse could last into next month unless a sudden sign-and-trade materializes. There were discussions with the Blazers early in the process and Yahoo! Sports reported recently that brief discussions with Suns and Hawks didn’t gain traction. That’s probably because the Pistons are placing a premium on Monroe that teams so far have proven unwilling to pay.
The threat is still there for Monroe to sign the $5.4 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next season. That’s not expected, but the deadline is Oct. 1.
Pistons fans better lock in their seat belt, because the ride to an official Greg Monroe signing could be a long one. There is no doubt that Monroe’s agent, David Falk, will wait out as long as he can to find a team that might be willing to put a major offer on the table.
One thing to keep in mind is that no matter what Monroe’s true feelings are about playing in Detroit, negotiations are going to be slowed at this time.
Monroe and his agent know where things stand contractually and are willing to wait things out until it’s clear that nobody will partner up with Detroit on a trade.
The one thing that will be interesting to see is if the Pistons decide to decrease their opinion on the value of Monroe. It seems at this point though, that is very doubtful.