The lengthy costless-agency process for the Detroit Pistons has finally come to a close with center/power forward Greg Monroe. The 24-year-old signed a one-year qualifying offer with the Pistons.
Signing the one-year deal, which will pay Monroe $5.5 million is a risk for him because most players look for long-term security, but he decided to take a gamble on the market this offseason. That gamble did not work to his advantage when he found no suitors and has left him signing this qualifying offer.
Monroe was drafted out of Georgetown by the Detroit Pistons with the 7th Overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Monroe left college after two years to enter the NBA Draft.
Monroe has averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists throughout his career while showing steady improvement. In the 2010-11 season, Monroe averaged 9.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists while starting 48 games and playing in 80 games. 2011-12 saw Monroe finish with averages of 15.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game in 66 games (he started all of those 66 games). Monroe had 16 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game in the 2012-13 season in his 81 starts. Last season, 2013-14, saw Monroe finish with 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. Monroe played and started in all 82 games last year.
It should work out in his favor, as long as he has a solid fifth NBA season and avoids significant injury. As it stands, the Pistons will get Monroe at a below market value this season, however, they could very well lose him for nothing after the season is over. Monroe may also be dealt by the Pistons this year if they know they will not get anything for him after the season concludes. Monroe will be an unrestricted costless agent after the 2014-15 season.
Only time will tell what happens to the Detroit Pistons and Greg Monroe.