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Report: Agent for Greg Monroe pursued sign-and-trade deals with five teams, including Thunder and Blazers

Aug 19, 2014, 7:21 PM EDT

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Restricted free agency hasn’t been kind to Greg Monroe of the Pistons. But it’s not for a lack of effort on the part of agent to get an agreeable deal done.

Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, and many believe that’s just the beginning of what he will be able to do over the life of his career.

But since the Pistons could match any offer Monroe might have received from other teams this summer, his representation didn’t bother to seek any that could have potentially set an artificial value on his services, and restricted his earning potential over the next four years.

Monroe’s agent did, however, seek to find another way out.

From Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

Monroe and his agent, David Falk, never sought an offer sheet from another team but pursued sign-and-trade proposals with at least five other teams, including Portland and Oklahoma City, according to person familiar with the discussions. Monroe denied receiving a reported five-year, $60 million offer – or anything close – from Pistons and would’ve been unlikely to accept either way. …

His frustrations with the Pistons are understandable since he is about to have his fifth coach in five years with incoming coach Stan Van Gundy (who will also serve as team president) and Detroit is no closer to being a playoff team than it was when he arrived. …

Monroe doesn’t have anything against Van Gundy but is uncertain if he has the patience to invest four or five more years in the Pistons. Next summer, Monroe might be able to go where he pleases without much competition. Kevin Love is likely to re-sign with Cleveland (once the Cavaliers consummate the expected trade with Minnesota) and Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge will be the only other quality big man available. Several teams will also have cap space under a steadily increasing ceiling that could mean more money for the 24-year-old Monroe.

Monroe would certainly have options as an unrestricted free agent following the conclusion of next season, but only if he continues to improve, and only if he manages to remain as durable as he’s been during his first four years in the league.

Financially, seeking a max contract via sign-and-trade is the way to go if the Pistons aren’t coming with the amount of money he’s seeking, and if that doesn’t work out, playing for the qualifying offer of just over $5 million next year in order to reap the benefits the following season would, in theory, make a lot of sense.

But the injury risk is real, which makes Monroe’s situation extremely interesting, no matter how it ultimately plays out.

  1. pburghballin - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Monroe to the Thunder = Championship. If only for the fact that Brooks would be mobbed if he actually played Perkins…at any point, in any game.

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      In what universe would OKC pay Monroe without dumping salary to stay under the cap? None

      • pburghballin - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        ummm…you’re exactly right. But in a SIGN AND TRADE there is a viable opportunity to dump said salary…

      • nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        “dump salary” you mean dump Ibaka? or how do you think OKC is going to keep 4 expensive player and have any decent bench without going over the cap? Their owners are cheap.

      • pburghballin - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        I’m not disagreeing with you that they’re cheap. Though “cheap” is relative. How many teams actually don’t mind going over the cap? They could get rid of Perk, another player, and maybe a draft pick and they’d probably have enough room.

    • avb300 - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      Why would the Blazers want him? They already have Lopez and Kaman.

      Check out this post on rim protectors:

      • alfiemonstaa - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:47 AM


    • patfic5 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      As much as I would love this deal for OKC, I wonder who they would give up? Perk has an expiring deal which is something, but what else would OKC have to lose? Doesn’t matter though, they would never pull the trigger. Too cheap…Brooks couldn’t develop the kid anyway. ..

  2. fishkzor - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Seems like the most obvious path for both restricted free agents on the market, is a sign-and-trade between Phoenix and Detroit, with Bledsoe and Monroe.

    Both teams fill a need. Detroit’s starting lineup would slide into place, with Bledsoe usurping Jennings as the starting PG, and Josh Smith taking over the PF spot. Although he’s not ideal, and I’d prefer Monroe over JSmoove, Detroit would be hard-pressed to find a better sign-and-trade return for Monroe, and helps immediately, and puts them in a better situation going forward.

    On Phoenix’s side, they have Isiah Thomas at a friendlier contract than it would take to retain Bledsoe at PG, with Dragic agin playing the SG role. Monroe would be a huge upgrade and fortify their PF slot going forward. Given his length, he could also play some center if the Alex Len/Miles Plumlee experiment ultimately does not pan out.

    Bledsoe is probably the better player today, and going forward, but as far as fit, and moving on from a standoff where all parties involved have been left with a bad taste in their mouths, this solution could salvage an already sticky situation.

    • ecnuob51 - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      I like the idea but I doubt Bledsoe would want to go to Detroit.
      I think a team like the celtics or warriors should get involved

      • pburghballin - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Well that’s another thing, if it’s a sign and trade, wouldn’t both players have to want to play in the other destination? If I were Bledsoe I’d say there are worse situations the Detroit. I think it’s quite possible that SVG could turn things around a little bit.

        And who’s to say that Monroe wants to go to Phoenix? They already have Plumlee, who played decent last year, and he’s a natural 5 if I’m not mistaken (correct me if I’m wrong). He only started playing the 4 once Drummond came in, didn’t he? Not that Phoenix is bad or anything, but there are much better situations out there for him.

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        Bledsoe just wants to get a max contract.

        If anything, the path to the playoffs for the Bledsoe would be easier if he were on the Pistons rather than the Suns, who are trapped in the super competitive Western Conference. It’s not like Phoenix is a major market anyway.

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      That’s a nice trade. Bledsoe isn’t in the Suns’ future plans, and would be a huge upgrade over Brandon Jennings.

    • 76ersdoubletank - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      Great thought here on this deal. This would work for both teams. The Pistons still have the cap space to add another star player to a longer deal, so the money they don’t want to give to Monroe they could easily give to Bledsoe. With Jennings only operating on his current deal this year and next, he could also be traded via his team friendly contract.

      PHX has sent the message they don’t want to pay Bledsoe what he thinks he is worth. Although I think they would be wise to, having Thomas and Dragic as your fallback options are pretty good when you add Monroe to the mix.

      PHX really could use a somewhat proven commodity in that frontcourt as well. Alex Len has showed nothing in two years, and Miles Plumlee may be a solid rotation big, but neither of them is bringing you a championship anytime soon.

  3. cbking05 - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Bledsoe to Lakers … Nash can finish his career in Phoenix and Jeremy Lin would be a great piece for sign and trade

    • fishkzor - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Makes no sense for the Suns.


      • cbking05 - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        What about for the Lakers …

    • 76ersdoubletank - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Nash and Lin for Bledsoe…sounds about wrong.

    • Lujah - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      I’d much rather Lin start for the lakers than to go to the suns.

  4. lowercasejay - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Can’t imagine what the Blazers could offer that would interest Detroit, outside of a boatload of future draft picks. UNLESS they were willing to walk away from the uncertainty of the Aldridge free agency. Lillard is not an option. Batum + draft picks, perhaps. Matthews wouldn’t be a starter on most teams.

    • pburghballin - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      yeah, I just don’t see PTL getting rid of Batum or Aldridge at all. I think this last season was “enough” to prove Aldridge they can have a contender there in Portland, so I think he stays as long as they pay him. Lillard obviously is going nowhere, and I can’t picture them getting rid of Batum either, he’s far and away their best defender.

    • evanem19 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      Wes Matthews wouldn’t start for most teams? The starting two guard is one of the weakest positions right now. Also he averaged almost 17 points a game last season on a team who already has two 20+ ppg players. Wes was very efficient last year, and a decent defender.

      • demasane - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:07 AM

        not to mention the second most efficient post up player in the league in terms of points per postup among players who qualified

  5. pukpokito - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Greg Monroe is not a max or a $12 million a year player.If Monroe and his agent David Falk can understand that then this can be solved.

    • spursareold - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Big men, especially 7 footers who can score in the post and rebound well, are ALWAYS overpaid. Once you understand that, this can be solved.

  6. yesser12 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Only players on OKC I would consider moving are Lamb, PJ3, Perk, and any foreign players rights. Also picks would probably be thrown in. I would expect Detroit would want McGary or Adams or Jackson but they would be getting a young player in PJ3 or Lamb.

  7. buffalo65 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Amir Johnson and T Ross from the Raptors. He’d fit in nicely beside big Val for the future champ raptors

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