Friday August 1st, 2014

Restricted free agent forward/center Greg Monroe isn't particularly interested in remaining with the Pistons as currently constructed, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. 

Wojnarowski commented on Monroe and other topics on an episode of the podcast AIMEzing words. Wojnarowski's remarks were transcribed by the Pistons blog Detroit Bad Boys.

Greg Monroe, Detroit is trying to help him with some sign-and-trade possibilities around the league. Monroe doesn't really have a great interest in going back and playing with these Pistons. If they're going to move him in a sign and trade they gotta get value for him. They've got to get back some significant players and some significant talent to compensate for that loss.

They haven't been able to find a deal for him. He could take what's called a qualifying offer and then play one year and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. But that's risky. You're risking injury. You're on a one-year deal when you could right now get the security of a long-term extension.

Wojnarowski later says that Detroit has talked to Atlanta and Phoenix about Monroe, and that other teams have shown interest at times. 

Monroe, 24, averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 2013-14, the final season of a four-year, $13 million rookie contract.

More: The problem with Greg Monroe

The Pistons this offseason reached deals with guards Jodie Meeks and D.J. Augustin and small forward Caron Butler.

Detroit won 29 games and missed the playoffs last season. In May, the team hired Stan Van Gundy to be its coach and president of basketball operations.

- Chris Johnson

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