When Stan Van Gundy talks about restricted free agent Greg Monroe, you hear a lot of hedging and noncommital answers. We want Monroe back, but he has to want to come back. I'm not saying we would sign him to the max, and I'm not even sure he would sign for the max. We have every possible contingency laid out and what we would do in that situation.
It's very frustrating.
Thankfully, young Andre Drummond is not bound by the business interests of the team and he has openly and continually professed his desire that Monroe re-sign with the Pistons. The latest was during a chat with MLive's David Mayo during USA Basketball's training camp in preparation for the World Cup.
Drummond saw Monroe during the vote for a new head of the NBA Players Association, but said he didn't take another chance to pitch Moose on returning.
"We really were more focused on the meeting," Drummond said, "so I didn't really get a chance to put it in his head that he needs to come home."
Drummond is also optimistic about the future of the team, noting how much easier things will be with the addition of perimeter shooters, even if they bring back Josh Smith and especially if they bring back Monroe.
"I feel like he's got to come back, he's got to come back," Drummond said of Monroe, according to MLive. "It's a good situation here with all of us. Just because we had a rough season last year doesn't mean we can't work it out. I'm real excited for this season coming up and I know Stan is going to make sure things are on the up and up and we're all doing the right things."
We agree with you, Dre, we agree with you.