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Greg Monroe trade rumors: Detroit Pistons working on Monroe sign-and-trade?

Greg Monroe appears like he doesn't want to return to the Detroit Pistons.
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Greg Monroe trade rumors are being pushed by the Georgetown center himself. These latest Greg Monroe trade rumors indicate the Detroit Pistons veteran isn't completely sold on returning under a new contract. According to a report from NBC Sports on Friday (Aug 1), he "doesn’t really have a great interest in going back and playing with the Pistons." That alone should show the franchise that it is time to go in a different direction with their restricted free agent.

Monroe could wind up being the centerpiece of a sign-and-trade deal, especially if another team is willing to take on his hefty salary. He wants a max contract that the Pistons are simply unwilling to give and it could be the tipping point if another team stepped up to make that offer. The market has been relatively quiet, though, even though teams like Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, and Portland Trail Blazers have engaged in negotiations earlier in the offseason.

Detroit finished 29-53 last season, despite heavily investing in the roster and bringing in some big names like Josh Smith. The trio of Smith, Monroe, and Andre Drummond just did not perform well at all, pushing the Pistons down the Eastern Conference standings pretty quickly. Despite all these recent Greg Monroe trade rumors, Smith has also popped up in discussions with other teams. While it looks like Smith and Drummond are there for the long-term, it means Monroe could be expendable. The problem is a lack of suitors for the Pistons to negotiate with.

If a sign-and-trade deal doesn't come along, Monroe could end up settling for a one-year qualifying offer from the Pistons. It would not be the payday that he is looking for, but it would cover the 2014-15 NBA season and then make him an unrestricted free agent in the next offseason. Monroe averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game last year, but he doesn't block as many shots as some big men. Those are still numbers that could help most teams in the low post.