Detroit, MI - According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free-Press, the Detroit Pistons and big man Greg Monroe are not expected to be able to agree to a new extension before the end of the month, which means that he will become a restricted free agent next offseason. Detroit will have the option to match any and every deal that another team could potentially offer him, and the expectation is that they would do just that. Both sides have had discussions about a new deal, but it just doesn’t appear that they’re on the same page at this point in time.
Monroe has become one of the NBA’s top up and coming big men and has been showing major improvements the last two seasons. Last year, Monroe played and started in 81 of the Pistons’ 82 games, and averaged 16.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Those numbers are among some of the top numbers from the league’s centers. Assuming he continues working hard on his game and rounding his skills, he should have a very similar if not better year this season.
Despite them not being able to get a deal done before the beginning of the season, don’t expect Monroe to wind up elsewhere next year. As we mentioned earlier, the Pistons reserve the right to match any deal that another team offers him, or they could just end up signing him to a long-term extension before other teams begin making offers. Either way, Monroe is the cornerstone of what the Pistons are trying to do, and they will not allow him to walk.
Fans in Detroit are very excited about the upcoming season, and rightfully so. With the offseason acquisitions of both Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, they have a bright new future ahead of them. Andre Drummond is beginning to look like the monster they expected him to be when they drafted him, and obviously Greg Monroe is improving at a high clip. Expect the Pistons to be very competitive in the Eastern Conference, and don’t be surprised to see them in the NBA Playoffs this year.