HoopsHype Greg Monroe rumors

October 21, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy still isn't sure how often Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith will be on the floor at the same time this season. He is sure that he might need the lineup against some teams. "We just haven't had enough of a sample size," Van Gundy said after Monday's practice. "The big lineup has been competitive. … In three games, really, they've been competitive. They got us off to good starts. "So is that the way we start and really rebound the ball and pound it inside early and try to draw some fouls and then play quicker, or do we go the other way and start smaller and go to that if we need it? I don't know." Detroit Free Press

October 14, 2014 Updates

Early word out of Detroit is big man Greg Monroe will come off the bench. New coach Stan Van Gundy prefers a smaller lineup and may start Andre Drummond and Josh Smith as the Pistons' bigs. Smith started at small forward last season. FoxSports.com

October 13, 2014 Updates

There were reports last month that Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe had to settle for a qualifying offer instead of getting the long-term deal that he wanted. “Everyone said we couldn’t get an offer sheet, mishandled it,” said David Falk, Monroe’s agent. “It was laughable.” Sports Business Daily

Falk said that is one thing he talked about with Monroe. “We told him all year round,” Falk said. “We told him money should be no concern because there will be large money the following year.” Falk said that two other NBA clubs offered a max deal for Monroe, but that Detroit would not agree to do a sign-and-trade, and that Detroit also offered a long-term deal, though not at the max. A Pistons spokesman declined to comment. Sports Business Daily

October 7, 2014 Updates

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy won't commit to a permanent starting lineup just yet, but his first five doesn't include Greg Monroe, he announced hours before the exhibition opener against the Chicago Bulls. Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, Caron Butler, Jodie Meeks and Brandon Jennings will be the starters for the Pistons on Tuesday night, although Van Gundy has tried to temper the belief he'll bring Monroe off the bench to start the season when Monroe returns from his two-game suspension. Detroit News

October 6, 2014 Updates

One could essentially drive him, while Smith would have to ignore the latter if he will indeed take on a positive leadership role this season. Smith doesn't know if the rumors were true that teammate Greg Monroe threatened to sign a qualifying offer this summer if Smith weren't traded, and from all accounts, it seems way out of character for Monroe. "You can't really concern yourself with it," Smith said. "But that was my first time dealing with it. Even in Atlanta, nothing like that ever came up in free agency from anybody's camp." Detroit News

Neither side knows from where surfaced the rumors, which can certainly get away from the business of becoming a better basketball team. It appears the two haven't spoken directly about the rumors, although Monroe said he had a conversation with Stan Van Gundy, insisting he was willing to reach out to clear the air. "I think if things aren't true, I think the other person who people are kinda throwing under the bus, as a teammate and a man, should come to that individual and let him know that had nothing to do with him," Smith said. Detroit News

October 2, 2014 Updates

When Van Gundy replaced Joe Dumars as the top name on the basketball operations masthead, it was yet another change in a career full of them, but short on victories. Although the Pistons offered him a sizable contract, slightly larger than Smith's deal, Monroe turned down the security, preferring to take a one-year deal to have his freedom next July. "It's no disrespect to the people working here but it was just tough for me to agree to another four years with new people," Monroe said. "Honestly, if you were to ask the average person would they do that in the arena they're in, they'd say no." Detroit News

He wanted to make clear he's fully embraced the city and its fans, details that often get caught in the crossfire of a player looking for a new situation. "I can't speak for everybody but in my case, when talking about leaving Detroit, it was the team specifically," Monroe said. "I have no problem with the city, or the fans or the people. I don't have a problem with anyone here. I've been received with open arms. People have always shown me love. Fans, they've stuck with us through tough times." Detroit News

And just as things began to die down, another swirl of negativity came to light as news of his DUI arrest from February became public and resulted in a two-game suspension from the NBA — with some less-than-flattering details not far behind. "I broke the law and I've grown from it," Monroe said. "I know it. I did everything I was asked to do legally. At this point, the main thing that's messed with me mentally is my teammates have to play two games without me." Detroit News

October 1, 2014 Updates

"My family and I made the decision," Monroe said of signing the qualifying offer. "I have an agent who handles that and I don't feel as a player it's something I should talk about. Just because I signed a qualifying offer people assume I'm leaving. That's not the case. "I love Detroit and the people here. I'm looking forward to playing for this coaching staff. There's no problem with any of my teammates. I went to Josh and we talked. He knows what I said and didn't say." Detroit Free Press

September 30, 2014 Updates

The most important player this offseason was Greg Monroe, who couldn't come to terms with the Pistons on a deal this summer, preferring to sign a one-year qualifying offer that will make him an unrestricted free agent next summer. "Greg's a great player, not just a good player," Gores said. "We want Greg to be on board for a long time. We'll have a good enough season where we'll attempt to do that. "We talked to his representatives. We said how much we respected Greg as a person. But ultimately it's Greg's choice. We were disappointed we couldn't make the ultimate deal, of course. Just because we didn't make the deal isn't the end all." Detroit News

September 29, 2014 Updates

After calling the team's four-year offer "solid," one that sources told the News last month was slightly more than Smith's deal, Van Gundy said he was disappointed Monroe turned it down but wasn't surprised. "I've got great respect for him as a player and person, and he's the kind of guy you want to build this around," Van Gundy said. "I think he's a mature guy who thought it out. I don't think greed had any part of it whatsoever." Detroit News

You talk about deal-making. You came into this summer with a game plan for Greg (Monroe). Obviously you didn't come to an agreement. Were you ever close to getting anything done? Stan Van Gundy: That I can't answer. That's more to Greg, was he close to an agreement? There came a point where his agent said, "Look, we don't want to get into a long back and forth. Give us your best offer." We sat and talked about it and outlined some things we wanted to accomplish with the offer. When I say "we," that was ownership involved. It was a well-thought-out, solid offer in terms of what we wanted to offer. Greg had to make a decision. I'm being honest. I was disappointed to a degree. Detroit News

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