When the 2014 NBA free agency period opened up, one player that really wanted to go somewhere else was Greg Monroe.
Unfortunately for Monroe, he found himself faced with the prospect of having to go back to the Detroit Pistons for potentially another year of losing basketball. But a team — which strangely has yet to be disclosed — did make an offer to Monroe, in the form of a one-year deal. Monroe is a restricted free agent, so the Pistons can match any offer thrown at Monroe’s way.
On Tuesday, Monroe ended up informing the Pistons that he would re-sign with the team for the 2014-15 season, and take his chances on the 2015 free agent market.
It was a smart move for Monroe. The team that reportedly offered him the contract was not overly interested in bringing Monroe into the fold. So it was the smart move for Monroe to take the one-year deal to comeback to Motown.
But this does not mean that the Pistons are going to lay off trying to give Monroe his wish to leave Detroit. His one-year deal makes him a very movable commodity, and don’t be surprised to see the Pistons packaging Monroe into a deal before the trade deadline in February.
So in the end, this one-year deal worked out for both parties involved. Monroe gets the chance to increase his value for the 2015 free agency period, and the Pistons have a contract that they can easily move for more players.
It was a productive day in Motown.