Monroe and Pistons failed to agree on long-term contract this off-season…
Detroit Pistons star Greg Monroe has reportedly signed a one-year qualifying offer worth $5.48m with the franchise and will become a free agent next summer.
As reported by ESPN, the 24-year-old failed to agree on terms on a long-term contract with the Pistons this summer and as a result it has led to this compromise being reached for the time being.
Monroe has been a consistent performer since being drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 Draft, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will remain in Detroit beyond this season as interest will likely be high in acquiring his services.
The 6-foot-11 star averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds in 2013/14 and has shot 51 percent from the field over the course of his career, but there is a suggestion that a packed front-court in Detroit is not going to work moving forward.
New Coach Stan Van Gundy will have Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith on his roster this coming season and he is under immediate pressure to secure a return to the playoffs in an Eastern Conference which is sure to offer widespread inconsistency beyond the top favourites.
Having missed out on the post-season for five consecutive years and gone through several coaches in that period, the Pistons will look to Drummond and Monroe in particular to ensure that they end their run of disappointment in the short-term.
However, while it is unclear as to how long Monroe will still be around, the Pistons have made some smart moves in the off-season, including the acquisitions of Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler as they put an emphasis on signing perimeter shooters to ease the pressure on their big men.