So I sent a question about Greg Monroe's contract extension to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com the other day, and here was his reply today:
Ken (Erin, Tenn.): Any word on whether the Pistons will extend Monroe or if they will let him become a restricted free agent next summer?
Langlois: That’s a matter for Joe Dumars and Monroe’s agent, David Falk, and while it’s unlikely either party would say much for public consumption on the matter, Falk is on record as saying he generally prefers to take players to free agency rather than sign extensions before they have that opportunity to explore their options. Monroe adamantly said on Wednesday that he’s just not talking about his contract status this season. It’s not necessarily a bad thing for the Pistons, Ken, if that’s the way it plays out – though I’m guessing they’d surely be open to locking up Monroe for the long term, as well. Waiting until after the season gives the Pistons all of 2013-14 to assess what they have with a Monroe-Andre Drummond pairing. Restricted free agents don’t often switch teams – Brandon Jennings this summer was more the exception than the rule – and especially not when the original team doesn’t want the player to get away. And I can assure you the Pistons aren’t about to let Monroe get away unless the return is highly attractive to them.
While I recently read that Sacramento will probably sign DeMarcus Cousins to a max deal before Oct. 31, it sounds like Monroe will become a RFA next summer. Unless his game gets worse this season, my guess is that Monroe will merit a max contract in 2014.