HoopsHype Greg Monroe rumors


December 15, 2014 Updates

Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe was perturbed by a report that he wants to be traded at virtually any cost, calling it "completely false" and "annoying" to have to answer about. Booth Newspapers

Monroe said he and Pistons brass "haven't had discussions like that at all." "To say I was unhappy, losing 13 in a row, you can say that about everybody on the team," Monroe said. "Nobody's happy when you lose 13 games in a row. But as far as where he took it, that was completely false, and it's really, like, ridiculous to have to come in here and answer questions like this." Booth Newspapers

Monroe said he learned about the report when "a little kid said something to me" on Instagram. Pistons public relations then offered a heads-up that the report had surfaced, Monroe said. Booth Newspapers

Head coach Stan Van Gundy also debunked the report by The Sporting News that the Pistons are seeking a first-round pick for Monroe, saying the team has approached no one, nor been approached by other teams, about trading the center-forward. Booth Newspapers

According to NBA rules, Pistons forward Greg Monroe is now eligible to be traded. And, sources told Sporting News, he wants that, badly. But teams seeking Monroe will need to cough up a first-round pick, and that’s a sticking point. Monroe was a restricted free agent this summer, but was unable to attract a sizable offer from another team—in part, because teams feared the Pistons would match the offer and later use Monroe as a trade chip, and in part, because no one is quite sure how much Monroe is worth. Monroe’s agent, David Falk, had several potential sign-and-trade deals in place, but the Pistons were unwilling to add to an already bloated payroll, and passed. Sporting News

Instead, Monroe had to sign Detroit’s $5.5 million qualifying offer, making him a Piston for this year, and allowing him to be an unrestricted free agent next summer. As part of that contract, under NBA rules, Monroe is allowed to veto any trade the Pistons come up with before February’s trading deadline. But that won’t happen, a source with knowledge of the situation told Sporting News. Detroit is off to a brutal 5-19 start, and Monroe would be happy to exit stage left—though the Pistons want a first-rounder to help with their rebuilding in return. “Everyone knows he wants out of there,” the source told SN. “There is almost nothing he would shoot down.” Sporting News

December 6, 2014 Updates

Several NBA teams had pitched sign-and-trades scenarios to the Pistons’ front office, but Van Gundy responded with a turn-off: The president and coach requested All-Star caliber players in return, league sources told RealGM. In one instance, two other franchises had agreed to a three-team deal that needed the Pistons’ acceptance, delivering Monroe a maximum-level contract. Opposing team executives involved pushed for it. Only, Detroit rejected. RealGM

December 4, 2014 Updates

Monroe has developed a reputation for his steady approach amid chaos. As free agency looms, he’s determined to maintain it. He permitted me just a few inquires about his contract status before politely shutting down the line of questioning. “At this point, I’d rather not talk about it,” Monroe said. NBCSports.com

That conversation is another opportunity for Monroe’s focus to be disrupted, but he’s not worried about it or any other distraction. “At the end of the day, to me, in this business, what you do on the court matters the most,” Monroe said. “For me, that’s pretty easy to do. When I’m just asked to play the game I love and to make a great living off of it, it’s easy for me to focus on that game just be the best player that I can be.” NBCSports.com

Should the Celtics or any team seek a trade for Monroe, the 6-foot-11, 253-pound former No. 7 overall pick would have to waive his Bird rights, which diminishes the amount of money he could make this summer. Still, Ainge would have enough cap space in 2015 to offer Monroe a hefty contract, and Boston is made more attractive by the presence of Monroe’s fellow Georgetown product Jeff Green. “We’re really good friends,” said Monroe. “Obviously, he’s originally from D.C., so he’s always home in the summer, and I spend a lot of time back at school, so we’re together a lot. We have the same agent and stuff like that, so we have a pretty good relationship. I would say we’re good friends.” WEEI.com

Should Green decline his $9.2 million player option for the 2015-16 season, he too would become an unrestricted free agent, and the Hoya duo has discussed joining forces on the Celtics, even if in jest. “We joke about it,” said Monroe, who could command a max deal in the four-year, $60 million range this summer. “We all joke about it, man, but obviously it’s a lot more than us two coming here or us two talking about it. Right now, I’m just focused on where I’m at. Whenever the time is and if everything is right, then obviously I’ll always weigh my options, but right now I’m not worried about that.” WEEI.com

December 2, 2014 Updates

The split second of head hanging that often accompanies those near misses is all the opening a semi-proficient team needs to exploit a defense on the move. Remember, a defense doesn't just have to get back at the same time as the offense, it has to get back in some semblance of position to adequately defend and match up. "I think guys are trying," Greg Monroe said after Sunday's loss. "It's just more the communication aspect of it. Guys are getting back, but not it's about communicating and understanding, just taking the closest man until you can get back and we can settle into our half-court defense." NBA.com

November 23, 2014 Updates

As for the pre-Thanksgiving version of the perpetual who-stays, who-goes game, the Pistons still have the opportunity to pay Monroe more than any other team on the open market. Money talks. So does turning down a lot of it, which Monroe did this year for the right to be a 2015 unrestricted free agent. Someone will back up the armored truck for him and it probably won't be Detroit. Booth Newspapers

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

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