Stan Van Gundy the Detroit Pistons' top executive made it clear Wednesday that Stan Van Gundy the Detroit Pistons' head coach wants Greg Monroe back next season, or vice versa, or both.

Regardless, with free agents able to sign contracts and offer sheets beginning Thursday, Van Gundy's major point of emphasis Tuesday was that Monroe is a part of the Pistons' future plans.

Van Gundy said Monroe was the first Pistons player he met with after his hiring nearly two months ago, and at that meeting "made it clear that we want him back and we haven't wavered on that at all."

"We want Greg back," Van Gundy said. "But it's obviously got to be a mutual thing, too. There's been no hesitation there."

The Pistons can match any offer Monroe receives as a restricted free agent.

It could be in the team's interest to delay signing Monroe until its other moves in free agency are completed, however, under the safe assumption that he is offered more than his $10.2 million cap hold.

If the Pistons use the rest of their cap space first, then sign Monroe, they could exceed his cap hold to match his best offer without cap ramifications. That potentially could create another $4.5 million in cap space if the Pistons care to use it this summer.