Detroit Pistons Tried To Use Greg Monroe in Sign-and-Trade Deal; Forward Remains Unsigned

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By Lou Imperial | July 31, 2014 9:48 AM EST

Free-agent forward Greg Monroe is still without a contract up to this point since the free-agency period began, and NBA insiders believed his demand for a shorter deal is the main reason why he remains unsigned, a source close to situation reported on Wednesday.

Monroe, arguably the best big man available in the free-agency market, hasn't gained significant traction in the free-agency market, as teams become iffy of extending an offer sheet due to the fact that the Pistons will try to match a contract worth within the range of $10 to $12 million.

Like the Eric Bledsoe situation in Phoenix, Monroe appears to be drying because the Pistons are using restricted free-agency against him quite well. There's no doubt the Pistons are willing to keep Monroe in a longer contract at a reasonable price. However, Monroe's camp wanted a shorter deal with an opt-out option in hope of landing a lucrative deal in the near future.

"Much like Bledsoe there is a sense that a deal is going to be reached eventually, the question becomes for how much and how long? The Pistons obviously want to lock Monroe in for as long as they can, especially if they can keep the number in the $10-$12 million per year range," Basketball Insider Steve Kyler reported on Wednesday.

Kyler revealed the Pistons tried on work on a sign-and-trade, but no team took the bait due to the fact that they are asking to much in exchange for the big man.  

"The Pistons have listened to sign-and-trade proposals, which have really gone nowhere, mainly because the Pistons do value Monroe immensely and would want a sizable return in exchange for a deal."

The Philadelphia 76ers, with at least $23 million cap space, are not interested to acquire Monroe and seem set for their frontline of the future consists of Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, who is expected to play at least one more year in Europe before taking his talent to the NBA in 2015-16 season.

The 24-year old Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds in 32 minutes a game last season.

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