Free-Agent Designation: Restricted
Could Greg Monroe be on the move after just four seasons with the Detroit Pistons?
It sounds crazy, but considering the Pistons have a budding superstar in center Andre Drummond and recently threw loads of cash Josh Smith's way, there simply may not be room for Monroe in Detroit's crowded frontcourt.
It will be fascinating to see how the Pistons attack Monroe's impending restricted free agency in the summer of 2014, as he figures to be a highly sought-after commodity. And should things in Detroit not go as planned with Smith and Monroe playing side-by-side, things could get very interesting, very fast.
That being said, it would be an upset if Joe Dumars let such a promising young talent like Monroe walk due to stylistic redundancies.
According to ESPN Insider's Amin Elhassan (subscription required), the maximum amount that interested parties will be allowed to offer Monroe is $58.4 million over four years, which works out to $14.6 million annually.
Thanks to his court vision (averaged a career-high 3.5 assists last season) and face-up capabilities, Monroe possesses the unique blend of skills that teams are searching for in a cornerstone low-post player.
A hefty payday is in his future. Whether it's with the Pistons or not remains to be seen.