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April 15, 2015 Updates

Monroe and his deft post game will play the Garden on Wednesday night in the season finale for both teams. Monroe’s next contest may be in orange and blue next fall. “We are well aware the Knicks have cap space and we will sit down with them at the appropriate time,’’ Falk told The Post in a 25-minute phone interview from his Washington office. “Now is not the appropriate time.’’ Falk’s sentiment suggested the Knicks have a legitimate shot. New York Post

League executives have told The Post of all the free agents on the Knicks’ radar, Monroe has the best chance of coming to New York. Subsequently, an unnamed NBA executive was quoted in a recent published report, saying it’s “about as close to a done deal as you can get.” Falk was displeased with the quote, because teams cannot negotiate with prospective free agents until July 1. “It’s so silly,’’ Falk said. “It’s factually incorrect and completely unsubstantiated.’’ New York Post

Falk said Monroe didn’t “solicit’’ other offers last summer, figuring Detroit would just match. “He didn’t do what he did so he could short-circuit the process,’’ Falk said. “It goes against the grain of everything we did. We haven’t even made a short list of teams he’s interested in yet. After the season, after he unwinds, we will sit down, have a few dinners, a few drinks, a few meetings and I’ll present him a number of different teams and I’ll find out what fits his priorities. New York Post

April 12, 2015 Updates

The Pistons have until late June to exercise their option on Butler's second year, and Van Gundy said "a lot of things will determine that, where we think we're going to be salary structure-wise and everything else." The Pistons likely will wait until after the draft before making a decision on Butler, who gives them an affordable backup at a position of need if they need him. Booth Newspapers

"I'm in a good situation," he said. "I like where we're at, I like what we've been able to accomplish, being better than we were prior, and I feel like I've got my fingerprints all over these guys. So it's a great opportunity to come back and continue the thing on. Or, if not, obviously the best thing for me is to contend. It's either one or the other. But I won't be looking for another situation to start over with some guys and stuff like that again. It's either do this or contend for it all." Booth Newspapers

Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe denied a New York Daily News report today in which an unnamed NBA personnel executive said the player's move this summer to the New York Knicks is virtually a "done deal." "You write it's a done deal, there must be another Greg Monroe around here that I don't know about, because I haven't agreed to anything," Monroe said before the Pistons' home finale today against the Charlotte Hornets. Booth Newspapers

Monroe said the report by the Daily News' Frank Isola was "not factual at all." "And we, as players, have to come in and answer for it when we have absolutely nothing to do with it," he said. Booth Newspapers

It’s easy to connect the dots; Monroe’s agent, David Falk, is one of the few agents that Jackson has a relationship with going back more than 20 years when Falk was representing Michael Jordan. Falk is looking for a max contract for Monroe and the Knicks, coming off the worst season in franchise history, are happy to oblige. New York Daily News

As for unrestricted free agent Greg Monroe, the Pistons felt it was important to bring him back after an 11-game absence with a sore knee to integrate him into the rotation in case he re-signs. Monroe will be an attractive target because of his ability to score in the post and rebound. He is averaging 16.1 points and a career-best 10.5 rebounds this season despite teammate Andre Drummond being among the league leaders in rebounds. “From a coaching standpoint, if we’re fortunate enough to get Greg back here next year, I need to figure out how to make it work,” Van Gundy said. “It’s not that it can’t work. The more games you can get under your belt with those guys playing together, the easier it will be for me to figure that out. “I think you go back to right after Christmas and it was Greg and Andre together, and our offense was rolling along pretty good. So there’s certain ways to play two big guys.” Boston Globe

April 11, 2015 Updates
April 9, 2015 Updates

Drummond complained about the disciplinary removal from the game, then went to the end of the Pistons' bench to sit. "I separated myself for a couple seconds, just to clear my head, and he came back and got me," Drummond said. Booth Newspapers

Sure enough, Van Gundy went to the end of the bench, took Drummond by one arm, and led him to the middle of the bench. "I just brought him back in from the end of the bench, into the team," Van Gundy said. "I don't have a problem when guys are pissed off at me. I don't. But they can't check out on their teammates because they're pissed off at me, and I think he understood that and came back and was fine. Good guy. He's a good guy. I was upset at what he did and he understood that -- might not have liked it. I understood why he was upset." Booth Newspapers

"I did something that he didn't agree with and we discussed what it was," Drummond said. "Stan and I have that relationship where we can have those kinds of conversations. We just move on." Drummond added that Van Gundy "got on me, I stated my opinion, no hard feelings." "We're just moving on," he said. "We don't do the whole fussing and fighting thing. We have an understanding with each other. I knew why he was mad and he knew why I was upset, as well, too. We squashed it, moved forward, slapped each other on the back, and kept moving." Booth Newspapers

April 6, 2015 Updates

There was a running “discussion” over the past few months about whether or not this year’s stacked Kentucky team could beat an NBA team. It was a silly discussion, because every NBA team would destroy this team, but whatever. It was silly and most fans of college and pro hoops knew it was silly. Pistons guard Brandon Jennings was not pleased, however, and he didn’t care if it was silly. For The Win

April 4, 2015 Updates

Greg Monroe and Van Gundy are finalists for Pro Basketball Writers Association awards. Monroe is a finalist for the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award which goes to a player who shows outstanding service and commitment to his community. Van Gundy is a finalist for the Rudy Tomjanovich Award which goes to the coach who is cooperative with the media and the fans. Detroit Free Press

 

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