HoopsHype Greg Monroe rumors

October 29, 2013 Updates

The name most people talk about is big man Greg Monroe, but the more likely trade chips are the ending contracts of Rodney Stuckey ($8.5 million) and Charlie Villanueva ($8.5 million). Of the two, Stuckey clearly has more trade appeal and at the deadline Detroit will have paid the bulk of Stuckey’s deal. HoopsWorld

October 23, 2013 Updates

Porter has been sidelined with a right hip flexor since Sept. 14 and doesn’t have a timetable for his return. He recently said that his hip “still hurts.” Monroe said he’s confident that Porter will be able to find his way whenever he makes his debut. “I talked to him before training camp to make sure he’s good,” Monroe said. “He’s fine. I’m always [at Georgetown] in the summer and he’s been there. He’s a very intelligent kid, very mature. He doesn’t have much to worry about off the court.” Washington Post

October 21, 2013 Updates

There are some pretty big names in this category, starting with Pistons center Greg Monroe. The consistent word out of Detroit all month holds that 2010's No. 7 overall pick, despite his undeniable promise and standing as one of the East's top bigs, is most likely headed to restricted free agency next summer. The Pistons just spent big money to sign Josh Smith and are believed to be saving their biggest bucks for young center Andre Drummond, factors that appear destined to force Monroe and agent David Falk to play the market in July 2014 and see if the Pistons are willing to match the best offer he commands. ESPN.com

October 17, 2013 Updates

But don’t misunderstand the move. At this point the Pistons still consider Monroe a huge part of their rebuilding effort, but the circumstances suggest the team would be better off letting the season play out. The Pistons probably could get a signature on a five-year, maximum contract offer. There wouldn’t be much point in the offer being declined. But the collective bargaining agreement dictates that teams can have only one five-year, designated player. That spot likely is reserved for second-year center Andre Drummond in the off-season before 2015-16. Detroit Free Press

September 30, 2013 Updates

Detroit's Greg Monroe would also look to be in line for an extension, having established himself as one of the good young big men in the East. He was top 10 last season in double-doubles (37) and was one of the few bright spots for the Pistons the last two seasons. But league sources indicate an extension for Monroe is highly unlikely. The Pistons are not going to give him anywhere near the max, based on their current roster. Plus, Monroe's agent, David Falk, has little interest in signing an extension for less than that. While discussions are friendly, it's likely the two sides will revisit next summer -- if Monroe is still on the roster. NBA.com

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The Pistons have aggressively remade their roster since the end of last season, highlighted by the acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings. One guaranteed contract shy of the league's limit of 15, Detroit is said to be intrigued by the veteran know-how Collins possesses and views him as a potential insurance signing in support of its two blossoming big men: Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Leaguewide interest in the veteran center has nonetheless been somewhat tepid during the first six weeks of NBA free agency, sources said, but that was not wholly unexpected given Collins' recent play. ESPN.com

August 7, 2013 Updates

When he was introduced Tuesday in a news conference at The Palace, the thought of playing with a front line of Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith prompted Jennings to say "I guess you could say we're going to be Lob City here in Detroit this year." Drummond's reaction? "It was like that last year when we were barely did it," Drummond said. "Imagine what it's going to be like this year when we have more athletes on our team. It's going to be fun for us. Bringing him in was a great pick by Joe (Dumars). Like he said, Brandon has five years under his belt right how. He's knows what he's doing. He knows when to lead. He knows how to play and how to get his team to play. He's ready to change his game to become a better point guard. He won't take as many shots as he had to in Milwaukee. Booth Newspapers

The Jennings who came out of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy was hailed as a transcendent playmaker with great vision, but when he got to the Bucks he evolved into a shoot-first player, partly out of necessity given the makeup of the roster. “This will be my first year playing with a frontcourt like this – Drummond, Greg Monroe and also Josh Smith,” he said. “We have two (of the) top big men in the league, especially two young guys that have a lot of potential. They’re going to make my job a lot easier and, of course, I’m going to make their job a lot easier. I guess you could say we could bring ‘Lob City’ to Detroit this year.” NBA.com

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Following USA Basketball practice Tuesday, Monroe didn’t look or sound like a player who was headed immediately for the trading block. Indeed, he told SI.com that rumors and speculation involving him are “foolish” and that he is looking forward to enjoying the fruits of what was “by far the biggest summer” of his professional career, headlined by the Smith signing. “I have a very close relationship, as do most players who play for the Pistons, with the front office,” Monroe said. “They communicate with us very well. … There’s always going to be speculation, people are going to make up stuff, they’re going to hear stuff, they’re going to write it. I don’t worry about it. I’m very happy being a Piston and I hope they’re very happy with me. As far as I know, they like me.” SI.com

“I think neither of us want a change,” Monroe said of his standing with the Pistons. “People are going to write stuff. I just laugh at it most of the time, because it’s foolish. That’s how people get paid nowadays. Guys like us have to live with it because we can’t comment on it. It’s going to happen. As long as I know the truth, I’m fine with it.” SI.com

July 16, 2013 Updates

Being enamored with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo isn’t anything new for the Pistons, but the two sides aren’t likely to embark on a trade any time soon. The Boston Globe reported the Pistons offered guard Brandon Knight and an expiring contract — either Rodney Stuckey or Charlie Villanueva, as cap relief — for Rondo, who’s recovering from an ACL tear. The Celtics would want Andre Drummond, who’s obviously not available and won’t be, and the Pistons want to see how the frontcourt of Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith play together before making any deals to drastically alter their foundation. Detroit News

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