Monroe will be entering his final year of his rookie deal in 2013-2014 before becoming a restricted free agent in July 2014. Monroe's agent, David Falk, told The Detroit News' Vincent Goodwill July 2014 is when Monroe and the Pistons will start talking about a contract extension:
"Greg isn't gonna go backwards between his third and fourth year," Falk said. "I don't think I've ever done an extension after a third year. In the 90's you maxed out a guy after his second, but the (CBA) rules are different now."
"When I evaluate things, with a player of Greg's stature: Take the money out of the equation. I can get it from five different teams. 'Are there players I want to play with? A coach I want to play for? A city I want to live in?' My job is to make the money as insignificant as possible (relatively)."
That's the best route for the agent and client, and not a bad thing for the Pistons, who have the ability to match the market value for Monroe.
Falk has a ton of interesting, suggestive quotes in Goodwill's article. You should read it and interpret it as you will.
In the end, I think Monroe's interest in staying in Detroit is going to hinge on the Pistons' ability to contend. Falk mentions that the Pistons seem to be going in the right direction and that his clients in the past -- such as Juwan Howard and Dikembe Mutombo -- have had serious interest in Detroit when the team was winning. Needless to say, these next 12 months are enormous for the future of the Pistons.
What say you?
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