HoopsHype Greg Monroe rumors

July 1, 2014 Updates
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Alex Kennedy: I've heard that the Atlanta Hawks are interested in Greg Monroe. It seems strange given their roster, but they're expected to show interest. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

There is speculation that the Pistons would let Monroe go if he were to find a team willing to offer a max deal — four years and in the $60-million range. But the Pistons likely will match a max offer and worry about roster and cap issues later. Van Gundy indicated the Pistons are prepared for all scenarios. “The only thing I wouldn’t be comfortable with is making a deal because I got forced into it,” Van Gundy said. “We’re not doing that. ... We’ll make a trade we like or won’t make a trade.” Detroit Free Press

June 29, 2014 Updates

If they are unable to land Anthony or James, the Lakers are also expected to have a strong interest in Washington free-agent forward Trevor Ariza, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, Detroit center Greg Monroe and Phoenix forward Channing Frye, according to sources. Ariza, 29, was a key part of the Lakers 2009 NBA championship team, but left after the team chose to sign Ron Artest to a five-year deal following the season. The former UCLA star is coming off a career season with the Washington Wizards, in which he averaged 14.4 points and career highs in field goal percentage (45.6), 3-point percentage (40.7) and rebounds (6.2). ESPN.com

June 24, 2014 Updates
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Van Gundy reiterated that he’s in contact with restricted free agent forward Greg Monroe via text messages and added: “I’m in almost daily contact with David Falk.” Falk is Monroe’s agent. There is growing speculation that Monroe could leave the Pistons after four promising seasons. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported over the weekend that the Pelicans made an initial inquiry into a possible sign-and-trade deal with the Pistons. Ramona Shelburne said Wednesday on ESPN that she expects the Los Angeles Lakers to make a play for Monroe. Detroit Free Press

“He’s a very high priority for us,” Van Gundy said. “We have ideas on who might offer him what. Our strategy is if Greg gets a max offer, what are we gonna do? There’s only three things we can do. He can sign a qualifying offer, sign him (to a long term deal) or do a sign-and-trade.” Detroit News

June 14, 2014 Updates

Still, Monroe expects there to be plenty calls. "From what I have been told, it'll be like that (college recruiting) a little bit," Monroe said. "But the NBA has really strict rules and you can't talk about it until July 1. Different things come out about teams who are interested, but I won't know for sure until July 1 when I can actually talk to them." New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks also figure to be in the running for Monroe, who is expected to garner a max contract. "I'm hoping and praying that I will have some options," Monroe said without divulging any potential landing spots. "As it looks right now I will have some. But I am just preparing myself and doing the normal things that I would around this time, working out. And on July 1, I'll be with my agent and we'll go through the process together." New Orleans Times-Picayune

June 5, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy has met with Monroe and his agent, David Falk, in person already, in anticipation of what’s to come on July 1, when the fourth-year player hits the market. “I value Greg Monroe highly, yes, I do want him here,” Van Gundy said. “But … when you’re dealing with free agents, even restricted free agents, the situation gets more complicated.” Detroit News

June 2, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy has yet to answer the final two questions but he made it clear in an interview with Keith Langlois on Pistons.com that he likes Monroe and would like to keep him alongside Drumond in what he calls "an ideal pairing." Monroe, who turns 24 this week, hits the free-agent market July 1. "If I look at just the film I've watched now and looking at the numbers, you would say that Greg and Andre together were great offensively," Van Gundy told Langlois. "That was a great combination on the offensive end of the floor, especially when the three guys around them were shooters – more conventional perimeter types. That worked very, very well. Now, it didn't work very well defensively. I think it puts a lot of responsibility on Greg Monroe to have to guard out on the perimeter." Booth Newspapers

“I love Greg Monroe,” he said. “I liked him before. Now, as I get into more film work and look at things, I like him even more. Highly skilled, high-character young big guy. Those are very, very hard to find. But free agency, even restricted free agency, you can’t predict exactly what’s going to go on.” NBA.com

May 31, 2014 Updates

Here’s how Van Gundy responded when I asked him if he views a Monroe-Drummond combination as either (a) something that should give the Pistons an advantage nine games out of 10 at the offensive end or (b) not an ideal pairing, maybe, but one he can make work: “I think it is an ideal pairing,” he said. “If I look at just the film I’ve watched now and looking at the numbers, you would say that Greg and Andre together were great offensively. That was a great combination on the offensive end of the floor, especially when the three guys around them were shooters – more conventional perimeter types. That worked very, very well. Now, it didn’t work very well defensively. I think it puts a lot of responsibility on Greg Monroe to have to guard out on the perimeter. NBA.com

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