Aug 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
Greg Monroe's agent explored sign-and-trade scenarios with at least five other teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers.
Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.
Monroe ultimately was forced to sign for the qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons and will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
Aug 12, 2014 7:47 PM EDT
Greg Monroe has told the Detroit Pistons that he will accept the qualifying offer for the 14-15 season and become a free agent next summer.
Monroe will play for $5.479 million after he was unable to get a deal done on a long-term contract with the Pistons or any other club.
Monroe cannot be traded without his consent once he signs the qualfiying offer.
Ben Gordon and Raymond Felton are two players that have recently signed qualifying offers coming into restricted free agency.
Aug 12, 2014 11:01 AM EDT
Greg Monroe is "definitely" willing to take the one-year qualifying offer worth $5.3 million next season with the Detroit Pistons in order to become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
Monroe has disputed being offered a five-year, $60 million contract by the Pistons.
Monroe reportedly doesn’t have anything against the Pistons or new coach/president Stan Van Gundy. In fact, the source said, Monroe “likes Van Gundy and likes what he says,” but added that Monroe “needs proof (of Van Gundy’s vision).”
The Pistons have attempted to trade Josh Smith at various times in the offseason as he has been a bad fit in the frontcourt with Monroe and Andre Drummond.
Aug 11, 2014 12:34 PM EDT
Malik Allen has been hired by the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach.
Stan Van Gundy coached Allen during their time together with the Miami Heat and had remained in close contact ever since.
"We just happened to be talking and I said, 'Listen, if there is anything I can do or any capacity I can help, let's stay in touch,' " Allen said in a phone interview. "So then we talked more and more in depth about how I can fit with the organization."
Aug 10, 2014 2:15 PM EDT
Tom Gores insisted that the Detroit Pistons remain hopeful to re-sign Greg Monroe and the owner expects a contract agreement.
“We think Greg is a great player," Gores said. "First of all, he’s done a really great job of establishing himself as a player in Detroit. He’s shown great respect to the city and as a young man he’s really done everything we could ask of him.
“With Greg we just believe in him. I’d like Greg to really get excited about being in Detroit because he deserves it. He’s really been good to the city. You’ve seen him. He’s good to the city. Stan is going to have to figure out exactly everybody’s role, but we’re believers in Greg Monroe. He’s not just a great player; he also has a good basketball character. I know it’s been a lot of the off-season stuff, but I’m a believer in Greg Monroe.”
The Pistons are offering slightly more than the four-year, $54 million deal that Josh Smith received last offseason.
“Of course we would like him to do that, but the fact is Greg has to decide what’s exactly right for him and he has great people representing him," Gores said. "We’d like Greg to get on board, but he’s got time to think about it and we should give him that time.”
Aug 09, 2014 12:33 PM EDT
Otis Smith is in talks with the Detroit Pistons about becoming head coach of their D-League franchise.
Stan Van Gundy and Smith worked together with the Orlando Magic.
Detroit's D-League franchise will play in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Smith was named GM in Orlando in May 2006 and was ultimately promoted to president of basketball operations before leaving the franchise.
Aug 07, 2014 3:19 PM EDT
Tim Haraway Sr. said Thursday that he is leaving the Miami Heat as a scout to join the coaching staff of the Detroit Pistons.
“I’m ecstatic,” Hardaway said. “It’s something I wanted to do. It’s all about teaching. I’m good at teaching and understanding players."
Stan Van Gundy was an assistant coach with the Heat during Hardaway's stint with the team as a player.
"Stan and I have great rapport," Hardaway said. "[Heat president] Pat Riley said it’s a great thing for me and he’s happy for me. It’s going to be hard, going to be sad [to leave the Heat]. I am always a Heat family guy. There will always be a big place in my heart for the Heat, Micky Arison, Pat Riley. We helped each other in many ways. Great people. I will miss them. It’s bittersweet.”
Aug 06, 2014 4:11 PM EDT
The Detroit Pistons have moved from the initial five-year, $60-million offer to Greg Monroe, and an offer that’s slightly better than the four-year, $54-million deal that Josh Smith signed last summer is on the table.
The two sides have yet to agree on a deal and negotiations are not ongoing.
Monroe could still accept the qualifying offer of $5.4 million. Deadline for the qualifying offer is Oct. 1.
Jul 21, 2014 2:25 PM EDT
Stan Van Gundy has reached out to Josh Smith to inform him that reports of trade talks involving the Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings have been inaccurate. Van Gundy told Smith he expects him to be in training camp with the Pistons this fall.
The Kings made calls about Smith back in June, but there was never an offer that created serious discussions.
The frontcourt of the Pistons is in flux with Greg Monroe being a restricted free agent. The combination of Smith, Monroe and Andre Drummond produced mixed results.
Smith is said to be enthusiastic about playing for Van Gundy.
Smit has three seasons and $40 million remaining on his contract.
Jul 17, 2014 10:03 AM EDT
The Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons had serious sign-and-trade discussions earlier this month centered on Greg Monroe.
Monroe remains a restricted free agent and many have speculated that the Pistons will be unable to keep both he and Josh Smith.
The Blazers ultimately decided to sign Chris Kaman to serve as the backup to Robin Lopez at center.
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Jul 17, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Kings are attempting to find a third team to engage in trade talks to help facilitate the deal for Josh Smith.
Rodney Stuckey will effectively replace Lance Stephenson.
Peyton Siva appeared in 24 games last season with the Pistons, while also playing in another 10 in the D-League.
Jul 13, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Caron Butler finished last season with the Thunder.
D.J. Augustin gives the Pistons a capable backup at point guard behind Brandon Jennings, who is also capable of playing off the ball.
Anthony Tolliver has also received interest from the Pistons, Wizards, Spurs and Hornets among other teams, sources said.
Aaron Gray has a career PER of 11.5 in nearly 4,000 NBA minutes over 318 games.
George David has stepped down as assistant general manager of the Pistons.
Cartier Martin averaged 5.6 points in 14.7 minutes per game last season for the Hawks while shooting 39.1 percent on three.
Jodie Meeks represents the first signing since Stan Van Gundy took over basketball operations.
Isaiah Thomas is a restricted free agent, giving the Kings the ability to match any offer sheet or execute a sign-and-trade.
Jun 30, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Pistons are amenable to a sign-and-trade deal if Greg Monroe's contract gets too exorbitant.
The Pistons have declined their team option on Chauncey Billups.
The Lakers are expected to pursue Trevor Ariza, according to sources.
Jun 24, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Kings could send Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams as part of a trade package for Josh Smith.
The Pistons' management is in constant talks with the representation of Greg Monroe in hopes of a potential deal.
Greg Monroe has been in contact with the Pistons' front office.
Jeff Bower will leave his job as head coach at Marist College to rejoin the NBA.
Stan Van Gundy has finalized his assistant coaching staff with the Pistons, hiring Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer and Charles Klask.
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