Pistons Reportedly Increase $60 Million Offer to Greg Monroe

by August 07, 2014

Stan Van Gundy, the new president and head coach of the Detroit Pistons, has time and again stressed his goal of re-signing Greg Monroe. That has yet to happen – talks with the restricted free agent have stalled, this despite the Pistons reportedly sweetening their annual salary offer. Per the Detroit Free Press:

It’s no secret that Monroe wouldn’t mind a change of scenery and wants a max contract, but the system hasn’t worked for the restricted free agent like it has for Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward and now-Mavs forward Chandler Parsons, both of whom received lucrative deals this off-season.

 

Teams around the league just don’t view Monroe as worthy of a max offer sheet —— especially with the perceived notion that the Pistons would just match. Despite a productive four seasons, stretch power forwards are high valued and inside players like Monroe have become devalued.

 

The Pistons have moved from the initial five-year, $60-million offer and an offer that’s slightly better on a per-year basis than the four-year, $54-million deal that Josh Smith signed last summer is on the table. […] But the offer to make him the highest paid player on the roster hasn’t brokered an agreement. And negotiations aren’t ongoing.