HoopsHype Greg Monroe + Trade rumors

February 16, 2014 Updates

The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Charlotte back-to-back. The Pistons have several potential trade pieces with Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva approaching unrestricted free agency, and Greg Monroe restricted free agency this summer. They have rebuffed Monroe talks and need Stuckey for the stretch. Villanueva could have value if the Pistons are willing to take on a longer-term contract. It's more likely that the Pistons don't make a major deal and Loyer said he made it clear that the postseason objective remains unchanged during his first meeting with the team after replacing Cheeks last weekend. Booth Newspapers

February 11, 2014 Updates

The Pistons will continue to listen to offers for Greg Monroe, or at least offers of offers for Monroe, who’ll be a restricted free agent this summer. But it doesn’t sound as if they’re actively shopping him, and they’ve made it clear to other teams they’re not trading him for expiring contracts or picks. Then again, there’s a decent chance Monroe’s agent, David Falk, will find another team willing to force their hand with an offer sheet for a max-level contract in July. So what if there’s a blockbuster deal to be made that could bring back, say, Arron Afflalo from Orlando? Detroit News

February 10, 2014 Updates

Everyone is wondering about Monroe and even asking the Pistons about him. Detroit has been unresponsive so far, per sources around the league, and that’s the right move. The Pistons are right in their belief that Monroe is not worthy of a max contract, not even of the smaller “max” players get after their rookie deals expire. Grantland

February 8, 2014 Updates

The next few weeks will tell this tale, but this much is agreed upon around the league: Dumars would be more than willing to trade forward Josh Smith. Yet the reality of Smith's contract signed last summer (four years, $54 million) means he's likely going nowhere, which brings us to the question of what happens with big man Greg Monroe. USA Today Sports

Monroe's agent, David Falk, is known to have taken a max-contract-or-no-deal stance last summer when an extension was not agreed upon between the two sides, and there were strong signs even before Monroe's production declined that Dumars didn't see him as a max player. Yet anyone who saw Falk's deft handling of the Roy Hibbert situation two summers ago should know better than to doubt his ability to find a max offer for Monroe in restricted free agency this summer: The Indiana Pacers had no plans of paying Hibbert max money, but the Portland Trail Blazers did to force Indiana to match. USA Today Sports

February 7, 2014 Updates

Monroe's agent, David Falk, is known to have taken a max-contract-or-no-deal stance last summer when an extension was not agreed upon between the two sides, and there were strong signs even before Monroe's production declined that Dumars didn't see him as a max player. Yet anyone who saw Falk's deft handling of the Roy Hibbert situation two summers ago should know better than to doubt his ability to find a max offer for Monroe in restricted free agency this summer: The Indiana Pacers had no plans of paying Hibbert max money, but the Portland Trail Blazers did to force Indiana to match. USA Today Sports

February 5, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats are somewhat aggressive in kicking the tires. They like Philadelphia’s Evan Turner and they have been kicking around the Detroit Pistons on Greg Monroe. Charlotte is owed a couple of draft picks – one from the Portland Trail Blazers that they look poised to get this year and a Detroit Pistons’ pick that is top eight protected this year. Their own draft pick looks to be headed to Chicago if the ‘Cats make the playoffs and they are angling for a trade to do just that. The Bobcats are also shopping the ending contract of Ben Gordon and there has been talk that they would toss in Bismack Biyombo for the right kind of upgrade, although that might not be much of an inducement. The Bobcats also have the ending contract of Ramon Sessions, who has really struggled to shoot the ball this season. The ‘Cats are in the market. They do have trade chips they are willing to move. The Bobcats as a team are wanting to make a deal, the question is what will they get back for what they appear to be offering in trade? Basketball Insiders

February 4, 2014 Updates

While the dream would be to find a home for Josh Smith, he's virtually untradable given the huge contract the Pistons signed him to this summer. Greg Monroe is much easier to trade, but given the talent, the Pistons need a lot in return -- preferably a sweet-shooting swingman who allows them to move Smith over to the 4. ESPN.com

February 3, 2014 Updates
February 2, 2014 Updates

Despite persistent national media rumors that Greg Monroe is a potential trade piece because of his restricted free agency this summer, the Pistons have shown no interest in trading him. They also have Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey on expiring contracts, but their position all season has been that those players have value whether they're traded or simply relinquished to free up money this summer. They make more than $17 million combined. Gores said the trade deadline is not a central focus. Booth Newspapers

January 29, 2014 Updates

Sources say teams calling to inquire about Monroe's availability are being advised that he's not on the market. Yet Monroe acknowledged recently that the trade talk "does" weigh on him, presumably because he's been around long enough by now to understand that the speculation -- once it starts bubbling -- will persist until the deadline passes. Which is presumably twice as true in this case given the fact Detroit has shown few signs of capitalizing on the most inviting Eastern Conference in memory. ESPN.com

Drummond ranks as the Pistons' lone untouchable. But the up-and-down Smith, in Year 1 of a new four-year deal worth $54 million, isn't especially movable. So that's how the whole notion of Monroe being moved to land the elite perimeter scorer Detroit sorely needs was hatched. Yet the message from the Pistons, for now, is that it's not a measure they're prepared to consider. They clearly don't like the sound of parting with a 23-year-old big man blessed with offensive skills and upside without giving Monroe every chance to carve out a new niche alongside Drummond and now Smith on the same roster. ESPN.com

January 27, 2014 Updates

With the team's underwhelming returns, the Feb. 20 trade deadline looms large. Greg Monroe admits he sees the trade rumors. The restricted free agent-to-be says they weigh on him. It's probably in the back of the mind of everyone on the roster besides center Andre Drummond (untouchable) and forward Josh Smith (contract probably untouchable). The Pistons' obvious need is outside shooting — and tons of it. They are the worst three-point shooting team in the league and almost every offseason move to address the weakness hasn't worked out. USA Today Sports

It looks like Monroe or Drummond should go to the bench so Smith and Monroe can go back to more time at their natural positions. Based on performance it should be Monroe, who is struggling mightily. But politically it might be easier to sit Drummond, who still has two more seasons before his big payday. "There is a time when you change sometimes just to change some things up," Cheeks said. "You don't want to have them just keep going just going the same way, but it's always a thought; when to do it is always the key." USA Today Sports

January 22, 2014 Updates

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