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Pistons unlikely to offer Greg Monroe contract extension… could he get traded?

Oct 17, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

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A report in the Detroit Free Press Thursday confirmed what a lot of people around the league expected — the Detroit Pistons are most likely not going to offer a rookie contract extension to Greg Monroe. Rather, they are going to let this year play out and next summer he will be a restricted free agent and the market will set his price.

It makes sense financially for the Pistons. They have $42 million already on the books next season, including $13.5 million for Josh Smith and $8 million for Brandon Jennings. Plus in the fall of 2015 a max extension that will get offered to Andre Drummond kicks in. That’s a lot of money in those three players. Best to wait out Monroe.

Thing is, Monroe is really good — a smart player who is strong at the elbow, can score around the rim, is a good passer and isn’t afraid from the midrange (although he misses a lot from there). He averaged 16 points and 9.6 rebounds a game last season and that is not near how good he can be. He is potentially one of the better big men in the league, and those guys get paid with max or near max deals. Some team is going to make a big offer to Monroe next summer.

That leads into the next question: Could Monroe get traded this season?

There are executives around the league who think it could go that way and they are watching and waiting. There are sharks circling.

Pistons GM Joe Dumars isn’t going there. Yet, anyway. Nor should he.

Detroit has to be patient here and see what happens with the Smith, Drummond and Monroe front line — if it meshes it will be a beast (particularly defensively, at least they should be). If it all clicks then Dumars does nothing but try to find shooting to go around that group. He tries to build a Grizzlies-style contender.

But if it doesn’t mesh Monroe will be the odd man out. They just brought in Smith at $13.5 million a year, and the Pistons see Drummond as a franchise anchor center. Those two are not going anywhere.

Monroe? He could draw some quality pieces to fit better with Smith and Drummond.

Just something to watch as everyone’s new League Pass favorites the Pistons try to make it all work out. You can bet there will be plenty of executives from other teams keeping their eye on this.

  1. johngalt1783 - Oct 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Monroe is a mediocre player. In his three seasons with the Pistons they have actually played slightly better with him off the court.

    He is worth maybe $8 million a year tops. Monroe is a slightly better version of Al Jefferson. Both players put up nice point and rebound numbers but do nothing to make their teams better when they are on the court vs off the court.

  2. jamesk2465 - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Trade him to Boston. Monroe & Jennings for Rondo. Pistons have been trying to get Rondo for awhile

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Does Boston want Jennings though? I don’t think that’s enough value for a player like Rondo.

      • jamesk2465 - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        Jennings is too young throw an expiring contract like Villenuieva and it sounds good. Plus you get Greg Monroe who’s gonna be a really good Center-PF in the nba

      • jamesk2465 - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        Like it or not Rondo isn’t a franchise player. If Jennings plays good for the first half I could see that trade going down

  3. progress2011 - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM


    After watching Bradley Beal and J.Wall “OWN” the entire Miami Heat back court (Wade, Cole and Chalmers)….D-Wade is a permanent fixture. BUT it’s obvious the Heat need to upgrade the point guard position….IMMEDIATELY !

    Bosh is a 6’11, 215 lb limp noodle and too fragile to bang in the paint. But will give Detroit star power and an experienced veteran.

    Monroe is a 6’11, 250 lb strong body, that can bang in the paint. And will give Miami much needed Athleticism in the paint.

    Jennings will be able to give LBJ a break by taking over ball handling responsibilities and getting to the rack/ breaking down the defense….which Chalmers and Cole are incapable of doing!

    This is a Win-Win for both teams….where is the deal maker, P.Riley!

    • antistratfordian - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Could Monroe pick up the slack defensively? The Pistons defensive rating was 11.9 points better with Monroe on the bench two seasons ago.

      For all of Bosh’s offensive prowess – the Heat really like him because:

      “I don’t think there is anybody in the world who defends the ball screen any better than Chris Bosh.”

      -Coach K, 2012

      • progress2011 - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM


        I respect Bosh’s game and I’m not trying to throw him under the bus. But I think the Heat have to address the PG position. BJ would take the ball handling responsibilities out of LBJ’s hands, conserve energy and focus more on point production.

        I think under Pat Riley, along side LBJ…this Monroe kid can be groomed to become a solid NBA player.

        He has good size and athleticism….but he is very under-developed/ Raw!

        I mean, the guy has not had a team or coaching staff that understood how to groom him, work with him, like McHale is now working with D12.

        I believe with his size and “potential” he is coachable because he doesn’t have a bad attitude, that I have seen or heard of……even under increased scrutiny.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        The Heat have no issues with the PG position at all. LeBron is their de facto PG, in any case. Chalmers is a perfect PG fit for Miami because he knows when to stay out of the way and when to apply himself…. I’m afraid Brandon Jennings would not have a clue about how to do that.

        The defensive combo of Chalmers and Cole has proven to be very effective for Miami and if there is ever any problem with a PG scoring too much they bring in their closer – LeBron – to shut him down. Game over.

      • progress2011 - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:35 AM


        I agree, LBJ is the De-Facto PG, SG, SF, PF and C ……ahahahahahah

        He is the best player on the planet….BUT is it good for his longevity, health, team balance and team chemistry to have one player:

        1.Be forced to play 1 thru 5
        2. Defend the opposing team’s best player every night
        3. Handle the majority of all ball handling responsibilities
        4. Get everyone else involved by leading in assists
        5. Be the leading scorer every night
        6. Be the teams inspiration and motivation every night
        7. Leap tall buildings in a single bound….every night

        While there is no doubt LBJ can do it, with his super athletic ability…..BUT is that best.

        MANY of the teams got better in the East and they have built strong teams based on youth, size and talent at multiple positions

        1. Indiana
        2. Chicago
        3. NY
        4. Brooklyn

        As it stands…those teams are bigger and as talented. LBJ can NEVER have a night off.

        The Heat are weak in the middle – proven last year as almost every team out rebounded them, often by double digits.

        The Heat have a weak back court, If they don’t improve, while teams around them are….their run will regrettably come to an end.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        1) You don’t need to worry about any of those teams. No matter how much stronger they get they will never acquire LeBron James so they will always have a major disadvantage facing the Heat.

        2) LeBron is one of the best passers in the league – certainly one of the most effective – he should be their point guard. I wouldn’t change that unless you want to see more turnovers. James can handle the workload – he thrives in that role.

        3) The Heat aren’t exactly weak in the middle. They know exactly how to handle big men… hence them winning two straight titles – via three straight finals – by going through every big man possible. They’re only getting more experienced at it.

        4) Their backcourt is fine. It’s a bona fide championship backcourt.

    • pistolpete0903 - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Wait, so Detroit wants to clear their front court jam and you suggesting swapping for another PF.

      They could use the money for some good shooters (and they should trade Jennings). He along with Josh Smith can make coaches mad with their shot selection.

  4. progress2011 - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    ahahaha…You are DEFINITELY a water-pistol…if you want to attempt to compare the SCRUB Power Forwards Detroit has, to an All Star, 2 time NBA Champ in Bosh !

    1. Drummond, Harrellson, Jenkins, Mitchell, Villanueva all combined = Bosh !

    2. Monroe is listed as a Center…not a true PF…kinda can be groomed to be a hybrid…..let him watch a bunch of Tim Duncan film.

    3. Bosh would become the center piece Detroit currently lacks.

    Anything else!

    • pistolpete0903 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      Vow….nice going with the argument calling names. Seems like something is lacking between your ears OR you sniffing Bosh’s jock.

      Josh Smith is signed for $14mil for the next 4 years, don’t think any other team will take on that contract (unless he goes on a tear); Drummond has a high ceiling and Detroit is sold on him.

      Bosh as the center (pun or otherwise) piece is a stretch.

  5. mitchellpatrick31 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    that would not work if they trade him it has to be for rudy gay and put jost smith non shooting ass at pf

  6. weaselpuppy - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Tony Mitchell could be the wildcard that allows them to feel comfy in their 4/5 depth to trade Monroe…he’s a wild card though.

    Targets for me look like a O for D swap of Monroe for Evan Turner and Moultrie. Turner is affordable long term, won’t take shots away from the post guys or Jennings/KCP in the future, adds some height and passing ability (Monroe is great passer for a big) and length and good defensive instincts. will he ever be Iguodala? Nah. But he’ll be needed to be that solid perimeter D player to cover for Jennings gambling and KCP’s lack of D. Moultrie is some energy D off the bench to run with Mitchell and Bynumite. Datome looks like he may be the secret weapon from the perimeter as part of the long term plan this locks down…

  7. progress2011 - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:04 AM

    AHAHAHAHahahah….”Vow” …..WOW !

    Pistol has thin skin. Don’t be so sensitive.

    But you kinda make my argument for me….Josh is a Small Forward, who has a VERY limited back to the basket or post game. Who thinks he is a Shooting Guard.

    Drummond can play Power Forward.

    Bosh would be the Center piece and the new face of the team.

    That covers 3-4 & 5……What’s the Problem……..No Problem!!!!

    • 21shumpstreet - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      What world are you living in? Josh Smith is not a Small Forward, he plays his best ball at the 4 which is the exact reason the Pistons would consider trading Monroe to begin with. At 6’10 270 Drummond isn’t anywhere near a PF either. You are just making up positions for players in order to validate your own trade ideas. That is not even considering that we all saw what a disaster building your team around Bosh was in Toronto. Next time you want to throw out trade scenarios maybe you should actually know what you are talking about first.

      • progress2011 - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        21 Scum Street….

        Stop listening to the kids in the sandbox! Josh is not listed on the Detroit Team page as a PF.
        It just states Forward…which would suggest Small Forward.

        All of his years in Atlanta, he was NEVER considered a Power Forward.

        Plus, understanding basketball….you can label a guy a Power Forward BUT
        1. if he spends most of his time, jacking up ill-advised 3’s,
        2. is extremely uncomfortable in the paint, with zero back to the basket moves,
        3. Can’t defend any true back to the basket power forwards with efficiency
        4. Only gets blocks on run-out, break away plays

        He’s probably NOT a Power Forward!

        He was a HORRIBLE pick up for Detroit and the folk in Atlanta are laughing as hard as they did when they unloaded that unbelievable Joe Johnson contract to Brooklyn…..ahahahahaha

        Joe Johnson makes more than LBJ, Wade, Bosh, Durant and many others….D. Ferry sold you a Yugo and you thought you were getting a Benz…….ahahahahaah

    • pistolpete0903 - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Dude must have a thick skull (or must be smoking some ‘progress’ive shiyate.
      Josh Smith is what they call (or what he thinks of as a stretch 4). And as I said in my post, his contract is almost an albatross. No GM in his right frame of mind will take it (again Josh Smith is arguably an ALL star defender, but his head scratching play hedges it out).


      • progress2011 - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        No Idea what you are talkin bout water-pistol.

        Your initial response (scroll up if you forgot) suggested Josh is in-expendable. Plus he has a huge contract.

        As I just explained to 21 Scum Street (reference the above)…if Detroit has any deal makers,

        1. They would attempt to pull in a franchise player….as Bosh would be (Josh is NOT)
        2. They would be unloading Monroe…which they obviously want to do anyway
        3. The deal makes sense because the Heat would be fulfilling a void by getting Jennings

        This is not rocket science. It’s purely deal making business. Give me what I need and in return you get something you need. Everyone wins.

        Go back to the sand box and play with Scum Street.

  8. pistolpete0903 - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Lol……someone reads to learn to read and comprehend English.

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