The rise of young stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker could influence Monroe’s decision this off-season, but he said that is not on his mind yet. “We’re definitely doing some good things right now,” Monroe said. “I’m just focusing on the season anyway. I’m not thinking about anything like the off-season right now. There is a time and place for everything. If and when I have to make a decision, that time is not right now.”
The man the fans and his teammates call “Moose” said he heard all the summer trade talk. “No player wants that, I think,” Monroe said. “Players ask for trades, obviously. No player wants to be in those talks. I would be lying if I said I was fine with it. It happens. It’s a part of this league. When you sign up, you sign up for that to be a part of it. You take the good with the bad. I just continue to work on my game. No matter where I’m at, my work will be the same.”
Monroe admits everything has gone much smoother the second time around with the Bucks. “I’m more comfortable, definitely,” he said. “A lot of people might not realize it, but in Detroit, I only had this instance where I returned to the team with the same coach once. It has raised my comfort level coming back and not having to learn any new lingo, any new coverages. It has been a lot easier to have no adjustment period coming into this season.”
Monroe is currently backing up John Henson and is playing well. He’s the team’s third-leading scorer at 9.3 points and grabbing 6.8 rebounds despite averaging only 19.3 minutes. Monroe is being paid $17.14 million this season and has an opt-out clause in his contract after this season. If he opts in, the Bucks would be obligated to pay him $17.88M next season.
By the way: Milwaukee is already preparing for the possibility Monroe opts into his deal for 2017-18, league sources say.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yahoo Sources: Two small market teams have made significant inroads in the pursuit of free agent Greg Monroe: Milwaukee and Portland.
Ken Berger: In addition to Blazers, the Lakers, Knicks and Bucks are in line to meet with Greg Monroe and agent David Falk today in D.C., per source.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Greg Monroe is meeting with Portland owner Paul Allen, GM Neil Olshey and coach Terry Stotts this morning in Washington, DC.
Al Iannazzone: Knicks were first team to meet with Greg Monroe in D.C. early this morning. Bucks followed. The Lakers are scheduled to meet with him today.
Detroit Pistons free agent Greg Monroe did not include the Boston Celtics on the list of teams he’ll visit with on Wednesday, the first day of free agency. But a league source tells CSNNE.com that the Celtics are by no means eliminated from contention for the big man. A USA Today report indicated that the 6-foot-11 big man will visit with the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers within the first 24 hours of free agency.
Free agent forward-center Greg Monroe plans to meet with four teams in the first 24 hours of a free agency. The Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers are on Monroe's list on day one of free agency, and there is a possibility he meets with other teams, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
Frank Isola: As the Daily News reported in April, an NBA executive called Greg Monroe to the Knicks "about as close to a done deal as you can get."
When the NBA’s free-agency period begins Wednesday, New Orleanian Greg Monroe will be one of the top big men available. Monroe, an unrestricted free agent who played five years with the Detroit Pistons, joins centers Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge as those available who could most bolster a team’s frontcourt. Five teams have shown serious interest — the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. Monroe said he’ll meet with those teams this week. “I’m looking to be with a team that’s ready to win,” said Monroe during a timeout at his youth basketball clinic Saturday morning at the Delgado Community College gymnasium. “Hopefully it will be a team where I’m the missing piece.”
Monroe signed Detroit’s tender offer of $5,479,933 before last season after a rookie contract of four years, $13,110,094. It was not lost on him that he may be an unrestricted free agent a year too soon. The NBA’s new nine-year, $24 billion television contract kicks in before the 2016-17 season. That will affect the type of contract Monroe signs, he said. “(He and agent David Falk) are definitely looking at all our options,” he said. “You can see the trend is everybody’s taking shorter deals right now. So, most likely, I might take that route, too, and when the new deal kicks in, get a longer-term contract. I’m looking at a two-year deal plus an option” to become a free agent.
On the Monroe front, the specific date of the Knicks’ meeting with the Pistons' big man is unclear at this point. Monroe is believed to be high on the Knicks’ list of free agents they’d like to pursue. Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy has said it is unlikely that Monroe returns to Detroit.
Jared Zwerling: As Greg Monroe is a top choice for NY, I'm told, will be intrigue w/ David West. Tough leader NY needs, plays 4. Melo/West/Monroe frontline?
The Pistons are not expected to have any shot at Monroe in free agency and traded earlier this month for power forward Ersan Ilyasova to fill his starting spot. "The door's not closed," on Monroe, Van Gundy said. "We're not entirely optimistic on that situation, but no, the door's not closed, because Greg would obviously fill one of the (open roster) spots, and even another roster spot as a backup four, and then we just spend what's left after Greg to go try to get a three."
Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Bower spoke to the media today about the upcoming NBA draft, but it was perhaps a comment about Greg Monroe that was most newsworthy. Van Gundy admitted he was "not entirely optimistic" about bringing Monroe back to Detroit as an unrestricted free agent.
However, Ilyasova could be the Pistons’ full-time starter as veteran Greg Monroe will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. There is strong speculation Monroe will sign with either New York or Boston.
The Pistons' acquisition of Ersan Ilyasova from the Bucks signals strongly that Detroit anticipates losing restricted free agent Greg Monroe this summer. Ilyasova is a better complement to Andre Drummond, and Monroe will command a max offer sheet starting at about $15 million. The Knicks are one of the teams known to have Monroe on their radar.
January 17, 2022 | 11:30 am EST Update
Anthony Chiang: After today’s morning shootaround, Max Strus says Bam Adebayo has been working as part of the scout team while he has been out. “I’m glad we don’t have to deal with that anymore,” Strus jokes.
Nick DePaula: Langston Galloway is launching his debut LG 1 shoe from his own @EthicsTheBrand today. “My work ethic has gotten me to this point in my career. But the ethics started since I was a kid to becoming a grown-up, living out my life and living out my dreams.” — @Langston Galloway
On Sunday night, Karl-Anthony Towns sat at the postgame podium — the collar on his black jacket riding high on his shoulders with a colorful diamond necklace glittering — and dissected how he views the new Minneapolis ordinance that will soon require fans at Target Center to provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test taken within 72 hours of game time. “The city of Minneapolis is doing what they feel is right for the people,” Towns said. “The legislation of the government here is supposed to do what’s right for the people and they feel that people having the vaccine will make everyone healthier and give everyone a better chance to get through this pandemic with less casualties and problems.”
The 26-year-old said after Sunday’s game that while he applauds the decision by Minneapolis to enforce a vaccine ordinance, he still views the pandemic through a lens of personal accountability. “With everything I have been through and everything my friends and people I love have been through, I am always going to be an advocate for the vaccine,” he said. “It saved many lives in my family. And the lives I did lose, we all wish we could have got them the vaccine.”
January 17, 2022 | 10:48 am EST Update
James Edwards III: The Pistons have assigned Jerami Grant to the Motor City Cruise as he begins on-court work following thumb surgery on Dec. 16, sources tell @TheAthletic. No timetable for a return yet.