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May 5, 2015 Updates

The realistic high-end target is Greg Monroe of the Pistons, who waited out his qualifying offer to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but figures to attract ample attention and will be seeking a max deal. Monroe, too, might be out of the Celtics’ reach. (Another factor: Monroe is represented by David Falk, who also has Jared Sullinger. Think he wants to put them both on the same roster?) Sporting News

April 21, 2015 Updates
April 17, 2015 Updates

Greg Monroe and Reggie Jackson are the team’s two most prominent free agents, and Stan Van Gundy, who has the title of president in addition to the one he holds as head coach, says he’d like to see both of them return next season — if the price is right. “We want Greg back, we want Reggie back,” Van Gundy said during his customary pregame availability session. “Again, they all have decisions to make in the whole thing. Our decision process will obviously be what to offer and all of that, but we want those guys back. And then we’ve got to talk about all of our other guys, too.” NBCSports.com

April 16, 2015 Updates

The speculation has started in earnest with a N.Y. Daily News report over the weekend quoting a league executive saying Monroe to the Knicks is "about as close to a done deal as you can get." Monroe called the report "not factual," but one fact is irrefutable — he likely has played his last game in a Pistons uniform. Detroit Free Press

Monroe received that contract extension in 2013 — an off-season that saw a spending spree that added Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings — and Monroe would be more than happy to be looking forward to a sixth season with the Pistons. "You guys have been around here for the past couple of years," Monroe told local reporters this weekend. "I much rather would have been settled in here. That didn't happen, and I'm in this position." Detroit Free Press

April 15, 2015 Updates

Detroit Pistons big man and 2015 unrestricted free agent Greg Monroe doesn't want to talk about the specifics of his free agency during the season. But he did say on Wednesday morning that he will be willing to meet with the New York Knicks and president Phil Jackson this summer. “If they’re interested, I’m going to,” Monroe said after the Pistons shootaround at Madison Square Garden. ESPN.com

League sources confirm that Monroe will be a top target for the Knicks in free agency. Recent reports have stated that Monroe will be the team’s top priority. “He will definitely be near the top of the list," one league source with knowledge of the team's thinking said earlier this week. ESPN.com

Monroe doesn't envision having a “prolonged” decision-making process this summer. He can meet with teams on July 1. "Obviously, I won’t get all the fanfare that some of the bigger free agents might get, so I’ll meet those people that are interested and I’ll go from there," Monroe said. "I’m gonna talk to whoever wants to talk." ESPN.com

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 14, 2015 Updates

Jackson is also very familiar with Monroe’s agent, David Falk, who represented Michael Jordan during Jordan's playing days under Jackson in Chicago. So when the season comes to a merciful end on Wednesday night, Knicks fans may be hoping to see a big game from Monroe to not only see what he can do on the Garden floor but also potentially hand the Knicks a loss to help increase their lottery odds. ESPN.com

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