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July 6, 2014 Updates
July 4, 2014 Updates

Greg Monroe and his agent David Falk visited a Detroit Pistons summer league practice Thursday, so Andre Drummond used it as something of a personal recruiting opportunity for his free-agent teammate. "He's got to go through his process of what he wants to do but I'd love to have him back," Drummond said about Monroe on Friday, on the eve of the Pistons' opening game at Orlando Pro Summer League. "I'd do whatever it takes to get him back. It comes down to what he wants to do. I told him, 'I can't stop you if you want to go.' But he loves it here (in Detroit), so I feel like he's going to come back." Booth Newspapers

July 3, 2014 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Pistons continue to express serious interest in Isaiah Thomas, per source. They may pursue him even harder, knowing Kings unlikely to match. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

As a 6-foot-10 big man with a versatile offensive game, Monroe has a market. But what is it? In numerous conversations with league executives, scouts and agents over the past two years, not one considered Monroe a max player. Detroit Free Press

Trevor Ariza has generated attention from several teams, including the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah, Cleveland, Houston and Detroit. But the process of the Wizards keeping him could take longer since the 6-foot-8 swingman could serve as a backup plan for teams that fail to attract either Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James, who is sending hints to the rest of the league that he intends to remain in Miami after winning two championships with the Heat. Washington Post

July 2, 2014 Updates

In a broader sense, the Pistons are doing interesting stuff. They’ve reportedly inquired about Isaiah Thomas, a bold move for a team that just locked up Brandon Jennings last summer. But Jennings was mostly bad, and creative front offices don’t just shrug and give up after allotting significant money to a guy at one position — especially when that contract only runs two more seasons. Reading between the lines, a sign-and-trade involving Thomas and Josh Smith may be in the works, and multiple sources say Monroe’s camp has made it known Monroe will sign the one-year qualifying offer if Smith remains on the roster. Monroe’s camp denies that, and that kind of empty threat is not atypical from top restricted free agents. It’s really their only form of leverage. Grantland

 

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