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Greg Monroe not expecting Pistons contract extension, thinking 2014 free agency

Mar 1, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

Greg Monroe AP

This summer the draft class of 2010 is eligible for contract extensions — teams with a star they want to lock up can do what the Thunder did with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, what the Clippers did with Blake Griffin, and so on. Give your franchise player the max.

So who from that draft do you think you want to lock up from 2010? John Wall? Evan Turner? Derrick Favors? Wesley Johnson? DeMarcus Cousins? Those were your first five pick and… not so much. We’ll see what the new ownership (whoever it is) and GM do with Cousins. Wall if he takes a discount salary maybe.

Then there is Greg Monroe, who fell to Detroit at the seventh pick and has been a quality NBA center — 15.9 points and 9.6 rebounds a game with 48.9 percent shooting this season. That’s the kind of big man you want to keep.

But Monroe’s agent, David Falk, told the Detroit Free Press there are no plans to talk extension, it will get sorted out in the summer of 2014 when Monroe is a restricted free agent.

“Greg isn’t gonna go backwards between his third and fourth year,” Falk said. “I don’t think I’ve ever done an extension after a third year. In the 90’s you maxed out a guy after his second, but the (CBA) rules are different now.”

“When I evaluate things, with a player of Greg’s stature: Take the money out of the equation. I can get it from five different teams. ‘Are there players I want to play with? A coach I want to play for? A city I want to live in?’ My job is to make the money as insignificant as possible (relatively).”

It’s a very agent thing to say “take the money out of the equation” because money IS the equation. In the case of Monroe in the summer of 2014, whatever some team with a great coach, livable city, and great teammates can offer to Monroe the Pistons have the right to match.

The Pistons are an up-and-coming team with a great young front line of Monroe and Andre Drummond, solid backcourt players like Brandon Knight, a guy they may want to keep in Jose Calderon, and $20 million in cap space. And if you want to know what attracts free agents, it’s cap space.

Detroit is a good place to be right now, I’d be surprised if the Pistons let him go.

  1. money2long - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    is there a reason they’re leaving the small forward position available ? hmm they have cap space for someone in mind.

  2. tigers182 - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Yeah let a quality center leave a rebuilding team that’ll probably lose its first round pick next year.

  3. eugenesaxe - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    If he can play D at all, Portland would like a word with him.

  4. Eric Chase. - Mar 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Can’t agree that Detroit is up and coming. Monroe can be a cornerstone for the Pistons, but his game has weaknesses. Drummond is the one that could be truly special, at the very least, defensively. It may have been said here before, but Tyson Chandler-esque play is very possible to expect from Drummond.

    Knight’s has not developed as hoped. He really is a combo guard, leaning more 2 than 1. If he could turn himself into a 40% 3 pt shooter, he’d very much be an asset. Singler? Shouldn’t start on a quality team. The rest is just junk. Unless something else begins to percolate, I’d advocate they take a shot at Eric Gordon. Detroit isn’t Phx or another winter haven, but if he’s out of New Orleans, he may become a happier and more productive piece. Find a cheap, pass first facilitator for the point and you’ve got the makings of a team in ’14-’15 should be targeting top 4 in the East.

    • kinggw - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      How can you say Knight hasnt developed when its his second year? A guy comes out of school after his freshman year and he’s supposed to be a bonafide, polished NBA player after one year?

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        Yeah, it is only his second year, but B. Knight has been meh to say the least. Of course he’s had his moments, and he isn’t trash, but hasn’t really shown he should be the face of the future I think is what Mr. Chase was meaning.

        Of course he still has time to blossom, but even after one and a half seasons I think you can pretty much see what you got when you’re a starter and getting plenty minutes.

    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:19 AM

      “Monroe can be a cornerstone for the Pistons, but his game has weaknesses.”

      Great analysis – “his game has weaknesses” can be said about literally every player in the NBA.

      “If he could turn himself into a 40% 3 pt shooter, he’d very much be an asset. ”

      He’s already a 38% 3-pt shooter as a second-year player, and I’d assume the difference between shooting 40% from 3 and 38% from 3 isn’t significant enough to be the difference between being an “asset” or not….

      And you can’t really judge a point-guard if the rest of his roster – aside from Drummond and Monroe – is “junk,” as you say.

  5. saint1997 - Mar 2, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    No mention of Paul George? Pacers definitely lock him up. Wall will sign up as well and Favors has shown the potential to be a beast down low with Kanter but beyond that, I don’t see many others getting extensions

    • whoisadamjones - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      He probably just wikipedia’d the first 7 picks. The chances of George walking are about the same as the chances of Washington trading Trevor Ariza for LeBron James. (But come on Riley, they’re both tall 3 threes; and think of all the cap room you’ll save)

  6. lorddarkhelmet - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I will be shocked if Monroe goes anywhere. As for Knight, he is a borderline starter, I can see him being a Vinnie Johnson type player.

    • whoisadamjones - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      I’m no Detroit fan, but like some guy said above, give the kid a couple years. point guards and swing guards tend to break out in their third year. Really, check it out, it’s kinda weird: Rose, Rondo, Paul, Deron Williams, Monta Ellis, Steph Curry, Eric Bledsoe; watever happens in their first two seasons, point and swing guards go from average or pretty good to legitimate stars in their third year in the league. Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving are the two notable exceptions to this rule (also hopefully, for John Wall’s sake, it’s third [full] season in the league)

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