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Report: Suns considering signing Greg Monroe to an offer sheet

Jul 21, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT

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Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe are easily the two best remaining free agents.

Both could play for the Suns next year.

Phoenix has the inside track on re-signing Bledsoe, even though they’re far apart in negotiations. Bledsoe, like Monroe, is a restricted free agent – meaning the Suns can match any offer he receives.

As they wait for Bledsoe to sign an offer sheet, they might put the Pistons on the clock with Monroe.

Jordan Schultz of NBC Sports Radio:

How does Monroe, a methodical big man, fit into Phoenix’s up-tempo attack? The same way Isaiah Thomas fit into a point guard rotation that already included Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Tyler Ennis.

The Suns want value where they can find it. If they can get Monroe at a price they believe falls short of his production, they probably would – and definitely should – sign him and sort out the rest later.

Phoenix has enough cap space to offer Monroe a max contract, which is likely what it would take to sign him. I can’t see him locking himself into anything less at this point, especially if it opens the door for the Pistons to match and put him back on a roster with Josh Smith.

It’s possible Monroe is worth more than his max deal, though his true value is probably a touch shy of that. If the Suns want to make an aggressive push, there’s really no downside. This late in free agency, they won’t risk losing other targets during the the three days Detroit has to match. Besides Bledsoe, there’s nobody left even near Monroe’s level.

If pressed, I think the Pistons would match. Before free agency, Stan Van Gundy said he knew how he’d handle any potential Monroe scenario. Since, though, he’s opened the door for letting Monroe walk – or at least created confusion on that front.

Andre Drummond is the Pistons’ future, and Smith remains in Detroit. Van Gundy would have to shuffle lineups, and maybe even the roster, to make Monroe fit.

But the Suns don’t offer a perfect fit, either. Their style is not conducive to Monroe, though he could work as a change of pace.

Unfortunately for Monroe, there’s no perfect option. Right now, he can just wait to see how much money Phoenix offers and then go from there.

  1. rrhoe - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Sign a player and worry about fit later,how many times has that approach not worked out,case in point,exhibit A: Detroit and Josh Smith.

    • musilly - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Well-put–that’s the irony. Writer isn’t much of a critical thinker.
      The “sign now, worry about fit later” argument only works if you’re talking about elite players, like when Wade (2010 Wade) and Lebron teamed up and people worried about “fit.”

      • 5xchamp24 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        Who worried about LB and Wade fitting together?

    • sounddawg313 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Different situations, if they are considering it they believe he’s a fit, they aren’t considering it to sell tickets. Monroe would play his true position C in Phx, not like Smith playing out of position at SF

      • obmig - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Would he play C or would they want to play him at PF next to Len?

    • bkbell3 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Since when do you need your center to get out on the fast break? You can’t tell me that jabbar is faster then monroe? Your center or pf rebound and outlet it to a wing guy and they run. You usually have a 2 or 3 man fast break esp. with the speed they have on the suns. Monroe will give them and inside scorer who has a mid-range game and rebound. Not sure of how much of a rim protector he is but they don’t have a good inside guy now.

  2. bruiserbrigade - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I think Van Gundy is very open to and is hoping for a sign and trade with Monroe. Suns have some interesting young pieces they could offer.

    • meane56 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Hopefully they would take the next first round Phoenix bust (Tucker, Clark, Marshall,etc…), Alex Len back in return!

  3. duhwighthoward - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    A max contract for Greg Monroe?

    Is this a comedy website?

  4. rdav29 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Offer Monroe and Bledsoe similar 5-yr $65 MM contracts and trade for each other along with other spare parts.

  5. mintberrycrunch1 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I don’t think it would ever happen, but, man, as a Pistons fan, I’d love to see them trade Monroe for Dragic.

  6. garlandchapko - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Pistons fan here, I think Monroe for Len would be fair.

  7. klinickal - Sep 10, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Suns + Monroe = match
    Suns get more points inside and Monroe blossoms into a max player.

    Will it happen?

    Highly unlikely.

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