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Sound fundamental play and passing generally doesn't make for a very fun highlight video. Andre Drummond's highlights are Evel Knievel jumping over the Grand Canyon while high on peyote, Greg Monroe's highlights are you trying to explain to your grandparents how to work their cell phone.
OUTLOOK FOR NEXT YEAR
2014-15 Status: Restricted Free Agent, $5,479,933 Qualifying Offer (via hoopshype.com)
Now that the Pistons have officially filled their holes on the sideline and in the front office, the two biggest issues in the offseason are Josh Smith's status going forward, and Greg Monroe's impending free agency. Monroe is eligible for Restricted Free Agency (primer, for those who don't know what that means), meaning that the Pistons will have from the end of the NBA Finals until the end of June to extend him a Qualifying Offer, for the amount stated above, making him an RFA This is the sure part of Monroe's situation, as the Pistons would be stupid not to extend the QO. The unlikely event would be for Monroe to accept the QO and become an Unrestricted Free Agent after next season. Monroe is due a rather large pay increase over the $5.5M per season his QO is worth. It's much more likely that Monroe will sign an offer sheet with another team and the Pistons have to decide whether or not to match it. In the best case scenario for the Pistons, it won't be for a max contract. Monroe is a solid player, but just doesn't do enough to be worth that kind of money and commitment. If the Pistons decide they aren't willing to match an offer sheet, he'll likely head out in a sign-and-trade for whatever Detroit can get out of the team signing him.
In all honesty, I haven't the slightest indication of what's going to happen with Monroe this summer. My gut tells me that Stan Van Gundy has just been attempting to up his sign-and-trade value with all of the praise for Monroe since he was hired. However, it wouldn't surprise me to see Monroe back and a big part of SVG's system. The good news in all of this is that we're not looking to Joe Dumars to make the decision. Instead, we have a much more competent management team handling things. That's a good feeling. If I were forced to guess, I would say that Monroe ends up in either New Orleans or Washington next season. Like I said, I have no educated guess here.
2014 SEASON GRADE: B
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