The Detroit Pistons are demonstrating how valuable Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight are to the future of the franchise.
Earlier this week, the Pistons took action to guarantee the services of Monroe and Knight for at least two more seasons. They exercised a contract option for Monroe for his fourth season, 2013-14, at a price tag of $4 million. But he will reportedly be able to sign a long-term contract extension after this season.
Meanwhile, Monroe is reassuring his team that the Pistons are ready for the NBA season to begin next Wednesday.
“Yes, we are aware we only have (one) preseason game left, and time to focus on and really get ready for the regular season,” he said. “So you are starting to see real season rotations and we are starting to get into more detail.”
Recently, Monroe played more fourth-quarter minutes than he normally sees.
“Coach told us to be prepared to play more minutes and be prepared to get the feel of regular season playing time,” Monroe said.
Monroe said it doesn’t hurt for preseason games to go down to the wire.
“It felt good, especially in a situation like that,” he said. “That’s something we have to work on in tight games like that. So, this is a good experience and it’s only going to get better from here.”
Coach Lawrence Frank is excited over Monroe’s potential for this season.
“Once you get the defense to tuck in, it gives you a lot of options,” Frank said. “As Greg works on his game, he’ll draw double teams. That opens a lot of things.
“It shows you the work he puts into it. There’s still a lot of work to be done. There’s no substitute for the time you pit in. Usually you get out what you put into it. He’s done a good job living into that adage.”