Greg Monroe, on the day his fourth NBA season ended and perhaps the occasion of his final Detroit Pistons game, was asked what the team needs to do to reverse its fates in the short term. "Um. ... I mean. ... Ahm. ... Well, um." He was saved by an offer to restrict the answer to personnel, and given that out, said more perimeter shooting would be nice. Later, Monroe was asked if the Pistons had good locker-room chemistry this season, which ended Wednesday with a 112-111 loss at Oklahoma City. "Honestly, I would say no," he answered. Pressed for what the problem was, Monroe retreated. "I will answer the question," he said, "but I wouldn't go further than that." To understand how strongly Monroe's answer confirms what many believed about the Pistons' togetherness requires knowing how understated he is with cameras and recorders whirring. "I don't really like to say things that are controversial, even though sometimes it may be needed," he said. "But I don't think it's beneficial. I believe, as a team, we should be able to talk. But in this platform, I don't think some stuff should be said, even though some people always choose to do it." One of many big decisions the Detroit Pistons face this summer is how to handle Monroe's restricted free agency. With Joe Dumars as president of basketball operations, it was a safe assumption the Pistons would match any offer to Monroe. That was until Dumars was reassigned Monday to an advisory role and the Pistons launched a search for a new general manager, which created somewhat great uncertainty about Monroe's future with the team. There was a time Monroe was expected to be the centerpiece the Pistons built around. "If you had asked me two years ago do I think I'd be in this position, I would definitely have said no," he said. "But obviously, this is a business and things change quickly." That was before Andre Drummond was drafted in 2012, Josh Smith was signed to a long-term contract in 2013, and the Pistons saw the big-three front line -- without the requisite perimeter shooting to complement it -- and the poor results it produced. Drummond isn't going anywhere and there is some question whether Smith's contract can be moved yet. So the quickest way to break up the front line without keeping it together into next season is via Monroe's departure. "This isn't the first time this happened to somebody," Monroe said. "It won't be the last. I'm just focusing on me, making sure I'm ready for whatever changes may come or may not come." The final decision rests with the Pistons, who are not likely to let Monroe walk without compensation. It's far more probable that they re-sign him, or try to swing a sign-and-trade, even with the questions about who runs the franchise next year.
Pistons' Greg Monroe admits team had chemistry issues
Michigan Live | Apr 18