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December 16, 2014 Updates

The Pistons, for their part, weren’t willing in July and August to dump Smith for a bundle of bad Sacramento contracts — even if doing so would have helped them secure Greg Monroe. As things stand now, Monroe is a strong bet to walk in the offseason for nothing. Grantland

Head coach Stan Van Gundy also debunked the report by The Sporting News that the Pistons are seeking a first-round pick for Monroe, saying the team has approached no one, nor been approached by other teams, about trading the center-forward. Booth Newspapers

Monroe said he and Pistons brass "haven't had discussions like that at all." "To say I was unhappy, losing 13 in a row, you can say that about everybody on the team," Monroe said. "Nobody's happy when you lose 13 games in a row. But as far as where he took it, that was completely false, and it's really, like, ridiculous to have to come in here and answer questions like this." Booth Newspapers

"Teams around the league say they haven't received any trade calls and they see this as an indication that Prokhorov is back to selling the team, particularly since he's trying to move three of the biggest contracts on their roster," he says in a Bucher Buzz segment. He explains, "This for the uninitiated is what teams do. It's what the Memphis Grizzlies did, what the Detroit Pistons did. Any team looking to sell. One, there's not a lot of overhead. Two, they start with a blank slate. They get to create a team the way they see fit." NetsDaily

December 15, 2014 Updates

Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe was perturbed by a report that he wants to be traded at virtually any cost, calling it "completely false" and "annoying" to have to answer about. Booth Newspapers

Monroe said he and Pistons brass "haven't had discussions like that at all." "To say I was unhappy, losing 13 in a row, you can say that about everybody on the team," Monroe said. "Nobody's happy when you lose 13 games in a row. But as far as where he took it, that was completely false, and it's really, like, ridiculous to have to come in here and answer questions like this." Booth Newspapers

Monroe said he learned about the report when "a little kid said something to me" on Instagram. Pistons public relations then offered a heads-up that the report had surfaced, Monroe said. Booth Newspapers

Head coach Stan Van Gundy also debunked the report by The Sporting News that the Pistons are seeking a first-round pick for Monroe, saying the team has approached no one, nor been approached by other teams, about trading the center-forward. Booth Newspapers

According to NBA rules, Pistons forward Greg Monroe is now eligible to be traded. And, sources told Sporting News, he wants that, badly. But teams seeking Monroe will need to cough up a first-round pick, and that’s a sticking point. Monroe was a restricted free agent this summer, but was unable to attract a sizable offer from another team—in part, because teams feared the Pistons would match the offer and later use Monroe as a trade chip, and in part, because no one is quite sure how much Monroe is worth. Monroe’s agent, David Falk, had several potential sign-and-trade deals in place, but the Pistons were unwilling to add to an already bloated payroll, and passed. Sporting News

Instead, Monroe had to sign Detroit’s $5.5 million qualifying offer, making him a Piston for this year, and allowing him to be an unrestricted free agent next summer. As part of that contract, under NBA rules, Monroe is allowed to veto any trade the Pistons come up with before February’s trading deadline. But that won’t happen, a source with knowledge of the situation told Sporting News. Detroit is off to a brutal 5-19 start, and Monroe would be happy to exit stage left—though the Pistons want a first-rounder to help with their rebuilding in return. “Everyone knows he wants out of there,” the source told SN. “There is almost nothing he would shoot down.” Sporting News

Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, Detroit. New Pistons president Stan Van Gundy needs to trade one or both of these guys if he wants to preserve the sanity of new Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. Both are firmly on the block, per rival executives. Bleacher Report

The front office-coach relationship became increasingly strained through the Las Vegas summer league in July, especially once Ranadive and D'Alessandro made a play to trade for Detroit forward Josh Smith, sources said. The owner told people outside the franchise that, no, his coach didn't want Smith, but Ranadive didn't care. He wanted Smith's talent, and it was on Malone to make it work. Most of the coaching staff struggled to believe Smith could fit with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, and management differed. Talks with the Pistons shut down quickly, because Stan Van Gundy didn't want to make the proposed deals, sources said. "The Smith situation caused everyone to take sides: Management against coaches, coaches against management," a source told Yahoo Sports. "Things only got worse." Yahoo! Sports

 

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