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.
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.”
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 15, 2022 | 9:32 pm EST Update
Joe Mussatto: Derrick Favors on trade talk: “I think every year I’ve been in the league, my name’s been in trade rumors … I’m pretty much used to it. I don’t really pay attention to it. I try to control what I can control. I try to, like coach says, keep my feet grounded where I’m at.”
Eric Nehm: Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer: “Giannis gets 17 free throws, but I think you could argue he could have 27 or 30 free throws. As a team, we had 35. I think you could argue we could have had 45 or 50.”
Josh Lewenberg: Nick Nurse on coaching against Kyle Lowry for the first time on Monday: “I assume that he’s gonna be ready to go and he’ll be hard to handle… I would imagine he’s gonna play super hard and he’s gonna get his guys ready, and when he does that good things happen, we know that.”
January 15, 2022 | 8:38 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: Nets say Kevin Durant is out for remainder of game vs. Pelicans due to left knee sprain.
Will Guillory: Kevin Durant just walked off the court after reaching down at his left knee. Walked straight to the locker room. Not sure what happened. Looked like he may have bumped knees with one of the Pels players.