With the draft finished, all eyes turn to free agency and Greg Monroe's decision. Bleacher Report's Jared Zwirling reports the big man will meet with the New York Knicks, and "four to five" other teams in both the Eastern and Western Conferences. Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press was quick to point out that the Pistons weren't one of them. The Knicks, Celtics, Lakers, Hawks and Trail Blazers have all expressed interest in the soft-spoken Georgetown big man, and could very well be the other teams Monroe has lined up to talk to.
Stan Van Gundy openly admitted the team was unsure of their ability to retain the center, and brought in Ersan Ilyasova as a contingency plan amidst rumors that they would look to the draft for a replacement. Monroe and his agent, David Falk, continually said they would factor Detroit in any decision-making process, but with the ball in Greg's court, it seems he has decided to bounce after playing hardball last offseason. The Knicks, Hawks and Trail Blazers seem to be in the best position to sign Monroe.
The New York Daily News' Frank Isola reported prior to the end of season that the Knicks and Monroe had "about as close to a done deal as you can get", but the big man's agent voraciously denied the report. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey also figures to make a hard push for the former Hoya, with LaMarcus Aldridge poised to leave Portland. Atlanta could also be in the sweepstakes, with Hawks management unsure they can keep both Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll. By inking Monroe, they could stay competitive in the East. Or, of course, the Moose could re-sign with Detroit, but with Anthony Tolliver's contract now fully guaranteed, and the arrival of Ersan Ilyasova, the odds of him returning don't seem good.
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