HoopsHype Greg Monroe rumors

September 30, 2014 Updates

The most important player this offseason was Greg Monroe, who couldn't come to terms with the Pistons on a deal this summer, preferring to sign a one-year qualifying offer that will make him an unrestricted free agent next summer. "Greg's a great player, not just a good player," Gores said. "We want Greg to be on board for a long time. We'll have a good enough season where we'll attempt to do that. "We talked to his representatives. We said how much we respected Greg as a person. But ultimately it's Greg's choice. We were disappointed we couldn't make the ultimate deal, of course. Just because we didn't make the deal isn't the end all." Detroit News

September 29, 2014 Updates

After calling the team's four-year offer "solid," one that sources told the News last month was slightly more than Smith's deal, Van Gundy said he was disappointed Monroe turned it down but wasn't surprised. "I've got great respect for him as a player and person, and he's the kind of guy you want to build this around," Van Gundy said. "I think he's a mature guy who thought it out. I don't think greed had any part of it whatsoever." Detroit News

You talk about deal-making. You came into this summer with a game plan for Greg (Monroe). Obviously you didn't come to an agreement. Were you ever close to getting anything done? Stan Van Gundy: That I can't answer. That's more to Greg, was he close to an agreement? There came a point where his agent said, "Look, we don't want to get into a long back and forth. Give us your best offer." We sat and talked about it and outlined some things we wanted to accomplish with the offer. When I say "we," that was ownership involved. It was a well-thought-out, solid offer in terms of what we wanted to offer. Greg had to make a decision. I'm being honest. I was disappointed to a degree. Detroit News

September 28, 2014 Updates

Monroe is banking on his talent, that he will show enough this winter to cash in bigger next summer, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. When asked whether he would consider Detroit after this year, he said, "definitely." That may be true, but it's also true that he thinks he can get more money next year, and that means he has to be willing to go anywhere to get it. Detroit Free Press

September 11, 2014 Updates
September 10, 2014 Updates

Detroit Pistons' forward Greg Monroe, who is facing a two-game suspension after NBA officials learned he pleaded guilty to impaired driving in April, "urinated on himself during the booking process," the Huntington Woods police report documenting his arrest says. Huntington Woods police released video footage of the Feb. 13 stop and arrest, which stemmed from a defective headlight, on Wednesday. "I'm just trying not to be in the newspaper," Monroe is heard saying to the officers during transport to the jail. "I play for the Pistons," Monroe said. Booth Newspapers

Monroe was pulled over driving a silver 2007 Pontiac G6 northbound on Woodward Avenue near Concord just before 2 a.m. and registered a blood-alcohol level of .09. The legal blood-alcohol limit in Michigan is .08. The Pistons hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers hours before the incident in the last game before the All-Star break. Detroit Free Press

September 9, 2014 Updates

Vincent Goodwill: Monroe: “I take full responsibility for my actions and made a regrettable mistake. I apologize to my family, the Pistons’ organization, my teammates and fans. I will learn from this and continue my work to be a positive influence in the community.” Twitter @vgoodwill

September 8, 2014 Updates

“I look forward to playing for Coach Van Gundy and his staff,” said Monroe. "He has a proven track record and I’m excited about working with my teammates to get better and prepare for the season.” NBA.com

“I have said from day one that we have great respect for Greg as a person and like what he brings to this team as a player,” said Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. “We have had good dialogue with Greg throughout the offseason with the understanding that there were multiple options for both parties involved, and we respect his decision. We look forward to a great year from Greg as we continue to build our team moving forward.” NBA.com

September 7, 2014 Updates

Monroe's representatives steered other teams from presenting Monroe with an offer sheet because they didn't want the Pistons to match and keep Monroe for another four seasons. Now, Monroe will have freedom to pick his next team, and that's what he wanted: control of his future. There is some risk in signing a qualifying offer – Monroe could get hurt or have a down season. But Monroe, the No. 7 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has missed just three games in his career, and new Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy will still have to utilize Monroe, even with center Andre Drummond. USA Today Sports

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