November 17, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Detroit Pistons power forward Greg Monroe (10) goes in for a basket against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) and power forward Shawne Williams (3) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Greg Monroe to sign qualifying offer

Despite it rarely ever happening in restricted free agency, according to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt — Greg Monroe will sign the Pistons’ one-year qualifying offer and become a free agent after the 2014-15 season.

From USA Today:

Forward-center Greg Monroe has informed the Detroit Pistons’ he will accept the qualifying offer, play for Detroit in 2014-15 and become an unrestricted free agent next summer, two people familiar with Monroe’s plan told USA TODAY Sports.

The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about Monroe’s decision.

Monroe, 24, was a restricted free agent this summer but decided not to sign an offer sheet with another team or sign a multiyear extension with the Pistons.

He instead will be one of the most highly sought-after free agents next offseason.

Monroe’s qualifying offer is for $5.479 million in 2014-15 and cannot be traded without his consent once he signs. He’s expected to sign it before the Oct. 1 deadline.

It’s always important to remember that just because it has been reported, doesn’t mean it’s set in stone. As Basketball Insiders’ Nate Duncan points out on twitter.

Duncan also brings up another good point. It’s not like the Pistons can pull back the qualifying offer before October 1st. Why would Monroe’s agent David Falk, be in such a hurry to sign on the dotted line?

It’s not like it helps push his agenda of getting his client a major contract.

It pretty much signals to teams that there is no need to even consider trading for Monroe and to just wait until next summer if you have interest in him.

Only a handful of notable free agents have actually followed through with signing a qualifying offer. Ben Gordon did it in Chicago the year before the Pistons gave him a monster contract. Raymond Felton did as well before heading to the Knicks in 2010.

No disrespect to Gordon or Felton, but those two weren’t the most prominent free agents in their respected markets when the signed their qualifying offer.

Maybe this report is just a true tale sign of just how dried up the market is for Greg Monroe.

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