Tuesday was an anniversary of sorts. It was the three-month anniversary of the day Stan Van Gundy wowed owner Tom Gores with a lengthy presentation on his vision to restore the Pistons after five straight seasons without the playoffs. The rest is history as less than two weeks later Van Gundy was introduced as president and head coach of the Pistons. In that presentation (featuring a sizable binder), Van Gundy stressed that the No. 1 priority was getting Greg Monroe re-signed. That has been reiterated in public comments all summer. And yet here we are less than two months away from the start of training camp and despite a full-court sales pitch, Monroe hasn’t signed his name to a contract. 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.
Free agency not working out for Pistons' Greg Monroe as talks remain at standstill
Detroit Free Press | Aug 7