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NBA free agents 2014: Greg Monroe letting market set his value

Restricted free agent Greg Monroe is testing the market in hopes of securing a max contract. If he finds one, will the Detroit Pistons match it or seek a sign-and-trade? Stay tuned.

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Monroe may want a shorter contract

The reason Greg Monroe is still unsigned may hinge on the length of his contract, not just the annual salary.

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Maybe Monroe is unsigned cuz his agent is crazy

Super agent claims that Evan Turner could have made $10 million per year if he'd stayed in Philly. Can't tell if this means he is really good or really bad at what he does for a living.

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Suns interested in Monroe, according to report

Reminder: Not all reports are created equal.

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SVG doesn't know if Monroe would accept max money

From Dave Pemberton at the Oakland Press:

Talking to the media this week, Van Gundy said the situation was out of his control. Van Gundy was asked, ‘Well couldn’t you just end it by offering him a maximum contract?’ and his replay was short but interesting if you read between the lines.

"I don’t even know that, that’s true," Van Gundy said. "I don’t even know that’s true."

Monroe might not agree to a max deal?

If that’s the case then that means Monroe doesn’t want to play in Detroit or he doesn’t want to play in Detroit with the current roster, meaning he doesn’t want to fight for playing time with Josh Smith and Andre Drummond.

Could Monroe not be signing an offer sheet because signing one would give the Pistons a chance to lock him up long term?

We've already heard that Greg Monroe won't re-sign a long-term deal until/unless Josh Smith is traded -- a report that Monroe personally denied on Twitter and others familiar with Detroit's locker room dynamic described as out of character for Moose. I don't doubt that Moose's representation suggested that Monroe would prefer to be the No. 1 offensive option, but I doubt a stern demand actually came from his own mouth.

So what are we to make of Van Gundy's statement? Personally, I suspect he's (once again) trying to position himself as a passive observer in Monroe's free agency, and that the ball is squarely in Monroe's court.

Van Gundy set the tone early when he said the front office and ownership has already made a decision on every million-dollar increment of an offer sheet Monroe might get, and that he's just waiting to see what number Monroe brings back from the open market. And then he did it again when he said "it's got to be a mutual thing" for Monroe to return -- even though technically it doesn't, at least if you're talking about Detroit's right to match any long-term deal.

So with that in mind, I don't want to read too much into this or try to parse Van Gundy words to find meaning that might not actually be there. Van Gundy has a well-earned reputation for being a straight shooter as a coach, but he's quickly adopted the ambiguity required to be a successful team executive who doesn't tip his cards -- even if it results in everyone accidentally reading too much into his words.

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Will Smith Trade Dictate Monroe's Future?

All credit to DBB reader W. Stones for the photoshop, originally posted in the comments here, and Quellish for the accompanying rhyme:

"Josh Smith was chilln’ out maxin’ (or near-maxin’) relaxin’ all cool… Shooting some airballs outside of the school…

One particular brick hit a couple of guys (Sheed and Big Ben) who were up to no good. One little fight ensued (Smith being twirled above Ben’s fro)…. And now he’s moving to cowbell-air!"

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Pistons, Blazers discussed various Monroe trades

Apparently, Monroe was much closer to being a Blazer than previously realized.

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The market for Greg Monroe

Now that the free agency dust has started to settle, what is the future of Pistons big man Greg Monroe?

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Pistons, Monroe have talked Gortat-type deal

According to Michael Wallace of ESPN, the Pistons and Monroe have discussed a deal modeled after Marcin Gortat's new contract with the Washington Wizards.

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Drummond will 'do whatever it takes' to keep Moose

Drummond also doubts Josh Smith will be traded but is optimistic that SVG can figure out a way for Detroit's crowded frontcourt to work.

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How Melo in LA, LeBron in Cleveland helps Pistons

Free agency has ground to a halt while everyone waits on decisions by LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. If these superstars upend the status quo it would help Detroit in its efforts to sign Isaiah Thomas, retain Greg Monroe.

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Updates on Thomas, Smith, Monroe and more

Where the Detroit Pistons stand on day 3 of free agency.

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Rumor: Monroe-Anderson swap has been discussed

Could Stan Van Gundy reunite with his old stretch four from Orlando?

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Is Greg Monroe Plan C for the Lakers?

If the Los Angeles Lakers are unable to woo LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, they may set their sights on Detroit Pistons restricted free agent Greg Monroe.

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Cavs might enter mix for RFA Greg Monroe

Seems the only people that don't love Moose are a vocal contingent of Pistons fans.

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Monroe suitors include Magic, Hawks, Blazers

Pistons big man likely to field a big offer from someone ... maybe even Detroit.

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Stan Van Gundy has made a decision on Greg Monroe

The Pistons' team president and head coach told the media that he is ready for every possible scenario (ALL OF THE SCENA'IOS!) involving Monroe's impending restricted free agency.

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Moose is going to get a lot of money and that's OK

The Detroit Pistons have reportedly made retaining Monroe it's highest offseason priority. Good.

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Will Moose become a Pelican?

New Orleans needs a frontcourt mate for Anthony Davis, and reportedly has contacted Detroit about a possible sign-and-trade for Monroe

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Who is hunting for Moose? (part 3)

With free agency looming this summer, what does the future hold for the Pistons' Greg Monroe?

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Who is hunting for Moose? (Part 2)

With free agency looming this summer, what does the future hold for the Pistons' Greg Monroe?

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Who might go hunting for "Moose"?

With free agency looming this summer, what does the future hold for the Pistons' Greg Monroe?

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