HoopsHype Greg Monroe rumors

December 15, 2014 Updates
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

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

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