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Greg Monroe says he never received five-year, $60 million offer from Pistons

Aug 10, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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Greg Monroe is one of the top two free agents left on the market, but there’s a pretty significant catch. which is that his restricted status means that the Pistons can (and presumably would) match any offer Monroe might receive.

Because of that fact, Monroe — much like Eric Bledsoe, who is in an identical situation in Phoenix — never received an offer sheet from another team, and the ones with the cap space to do so have all spent those available dollars acquiring other players.

Bledsoe was offered (and subsequently rejected) a four-year deal for $48 million, and we know this because the team has gone on record saying that they believe it was a fair offer.

Monroe was reportedly offered five years and $60 million, and then reportedly offered more money per season over less years to entice him to sign by making him the team’s highest-paid player. But Monroe himself refuted those numbers on Sunday.

Monroe has admittedly been a bit out of the loop as of late, so while it’s possible that offer was never presented by the Pistons, it’s more likely that his agent didn’t bring it to him because he’s trying to get a more lucrative deal for his client, or at least one which he believes is a better combination of years and dollars that would be aimed at maximizing Monroe’s earning potential.

  1. lazegowizfan95 - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I wonder if Wizards are still trying to get this guy don’t think he’ll ruin the chemistry at all, the only problem is who will we have to give up to get him. Most likely Van Gundy’s going to pitch a sign and trade to get Porter I don’t think he’ll walk away with nothing. Get this guy in DC where I know he’ll be happy!

    • shanelsweet - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Uh, we just signed Gortat for that money, Monroe’s not going to be happy. Keep Gortat, and get KD after Wall, Beal and Porter mature a bit more in 2016. That’s a nice team for years and years. Let’s go Wiz!

      • lazegowizfan95 - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        Broo my fellow Wiz fan Monroe is a power forward not a center he can play along side Gortat.

  2. csbanter - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    The Pistons look like the same team Maurice Cheeks was fired from after 20 plus games. Ok so Rodney Stuckey is gone and Augustin,Meeks, and Butler are in. This team will be lucky to win 30-35 games. They have “nba filler” on the roster. Guys that would do well on a good team but nothing spectacular on a below average one.

    • kindasporty - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      I don’t expect much out of SVG this year. He’s kind of saddled with a big mess. A team without chemistry, unmovable contracts, and one of your top 2 players being a restricted free agent. Oh and by the way you don’t have a draft pick either. Honestly if they win anything this year or next year I’ll be impressed. I give him until his third year before I expect to see real progress. Thanks Joe D.

  3. 76ersdoubletank - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Looks like Monroe should resign himself to another year in the Motor City. Personally, I’m a fan of Monroe. He’s a decent big who’s still learning, despite some weaknesses (not exactly proficent on the pick and roll along with a few other things) and has scoring and rebounding ability.

    I was always thinking he could end up in Philly until year one of Hinkie’s master plan was done. They don’t need to create the Detroit Pistions 2.0 there.
    It is a shame Minnesota does not have the room to add him. Maybe if they get off of this max contract idea for Rubio. Bringing him over along with Wiggins is a decent step forward for a young team. He could play with Peckovich, and the Wolves would still have a few years to put shooters on the outside.

    Plus, I think Detroit would match. But those two teams have the pieces to facilitate a sign and trade.

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