HoopsHype Greg Monroe rumors

May 15, 2014 Updates
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

After slowly and steadily becoming more vocal over the past two years, he’s become more guarded, reclusive and admitted it was by design this season — the one where the expectations were highest and the team fell flat on its face. “I’ve censored myself, just because of the whole, so much speculation and so much stuff going on,” Monroe said. “I just tried to make sure I was as productive as possible. That I kept a straight head and kept it as positive as possible.” Detroit News

Monroe is one of a few in the locker room who wouldn’t rock the boat publicly, and with seeing a coaching change after 50 games, along with the man who drafted him stepping aside, speaking out wasn’t going to be viewed as a positive. “I just think that, looking at all the stuff that may have been said, all the stuff that’s happened, with a little bit of change with me, I didn’t want it to sound like I was speaking from frustration,” Monroe said. Being a good character guy can work against players, but his production has been steady this season. He knows character only takes him so far. “In this league, it’s about production,” Monroe said. “Being a good character guy is a plus, I don’t want to say it’s not a good thing but if you’re producing, that’s what really matters. If you’re not producing it doesn’t really matter.” Detroit News

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