With his client's name featured prominently in headlines around the League, David Falk talked to The New York Post's Marc Berman to try clear the air regarding Greg Monroe's upcoming free agency. Whilst he described the talk that Monroe to the Knicks is a done deal as "silly and unsubstantiated," he was quick to add that New York would be on Greg's list of potential destinations, and suggested that the interest could be mutual. The NBA superagent also went on to explain that Monroe hadn't taken his qualifying offer last year to rush to a decision prior to the end of the season.
With many teams interested in the services of the soft-spoken Louisiana native, Falk tells Berman that Monroe hasn't made up his mind as to where he'd like to go, but that the potential fifth year the Pistons could offer him doesn't move the needle in any direction, pointing toward his age as the main reason why it won't be a major selling point. Over the course of the interview, Falk stresses that Monroe hasn't spoken to him about his free agency intentions, but that the two will take the time to review all his options and make a decision within 48 hours of the start of the free agency on July 1.
It was always clear that Monroe wanted to be in the driver's seat this offseason and take control of his career in a way his agent says he hasn't seen the likes of.
"He took the very unusual step of not accepting a long-term offer, signing a qualifying offer so he can choose the team he wants to play for next season,'' Falk said. "I can't remember a player of his stature doing that in many years. He turned down a significant amount of money because he had the intelligence to want to examine his options. He didn't want to sign a long-term deal with Detroit [last year].''
Whether or not he has changed his mind is for him to know and us to find out, and whilst Falk doesn't tilt the big man's free agency destination balance either way, he certainly offers some hope that the Moose will consider returning to Motown and play alongside Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Jackson.
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