HoopsHype Greg Monroe rumors

May 21, 2014 Updates

They’ll explore how to add another game-changer to center Al Jefferson. So I take it for granted they’ll check what it might take to acquire power forward Kevin Love, who seemingly wants out of Minneapolis. Likewise, I’d expect them to inquire about restricted free agents Greg Monroe with Detroit and Gordon Hayward with Utah via sign-and-trades. Charlotte Observer

May 15, 2014 Updates

“I value Greg highly,” Van Gundy said. “I think he’s one of the elite big men in the league. I think he’s got a very high skill level. He can pass the ball, he can score in the low post and I want them to know that, that I value him highly.” Detroit Free Press

Van Gundy said that he has thought about how to use the Pistons’ current roster most effectively and didn’t rule out playing big men Drummond, Monroe and Josh Smith together, but did hint it probably wouldn’t be the normal lineup. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that there’s going to be situations where you could use those three guys together,” he said. “The question is, is that going to be your predominant lineup?” Detroit Free Press

May 14, 2014 Updates

Even before the Pistons made the bold move of hiring Stan Van Gundy to be their coach and run their basketball operations on Tuesday, there was a growing consensus around the league that whomever was tabbed to replace Joe Dumars in the front office would be willing to let restricted free agent Greg Monroe go. Now, with Van Gundy in place on an eyebrow-raising contract—five years, $35 million—there is near certainty among league executives that Monroe has played his last game for Detroit. Sporting News

Van Gundy’s priority will be to work with Monroe and Falk to find a sign-and-trade deal, allowing Van Gundy to address the big weakness on his team—perimeter shooting, a vital aspect of Van Gundy’s offensive approach. The Pistons shot 32.1 percent from the 3-point line, which was 29th in the league last season. Sporting News

That would be Michael Jordan, owner of the soon-to-be Charlotte Hornets. It’s possible that Charlotte will create enough cap space in the offseason to make a max offer to Monroe and pair him with Al Jefferson up front. That might be a defensive nightmare for coach Steve Clifford, but offensively, it would give Charlotte the East’s most potent power forward-center combo. Sporting News

The Lakers are the other team most frequently mentioned among league executives when it comes to Monroe. If L.A. does not make any splashy moves around the draft, and if the Lakers are ready to concede that Carmelo Anthony is not coming, then they figure to target young, second-tier free agents—and Monroe is at the head of that list. Sporting News

May 4, 2014 Updates

There have been some recent rumbles on the personnel grapevine that the Hawks will lob themselves into the bidding for Detroit Pistons restricted free agent Greg Monroe. The close ties between Monroe's agent, David Falk, and Falk's former star client Ferry make such rumbles inevitable. Whether that chatter morphs into full-fledged courtship remains to be seen. ESPN.com

April 20, 2014 Updates

The biggest personnel decision figures to involve Monroe, who made just more than $5 million this year, and figures to see that more than doubled in free agency, though the Pistons can match any offer. If Monroe receives an offer the Pistons deem excessive, they must try to muster and sign-and-trade deal with another team, or let him go without compensation. It generally is believed the Pistons will not choose the latter option. Booth Newspapers

Monroe said he is looking forward to the "mini-recruiting process," and is expected to receive four-year offers upwards of $12 million per year. "There will be a lot of changes, a lot of personnel changes, on this team," Monroe said last week. "A lot of guys' contracts are up. So you will see some changes." Booth Newspapers

April 19, 2014 Updates

Monroe’s agent David Falk is likely going to ask for a max contract, which will be somewhere in the neighborhood of four years and $60 million. Falk is most famous for being the agent of Michael Jordan and is a master negotiator. Two years ago, Falk was able to convince Portland to sign restricted free agent Roy Hibbert to a four-year, $58 million deal after the Pacers didn’t offer what he wanted. Indiana matched, but the key is Falk got the number he wanted for his client. The Oakland Press

April 17, 2014 Updates

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