Pistons forward Greg Monroe (right), a restricted free agent, reportedly has drawn interest from several teams. (Clarence Tabb Jr. / Detroit News)
The Pistons have made it known handling Greg Monroe’s restricted free agency is top priority.
But Stan Van Gundy’s words weren’t enough to deter suitors from coming after the Pistons’ talented big man.
According to ESPN, the Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers are among the teams testing how much the Pistons want Monroe.
The Pistons still control the process because Monroe is restricted, meaning they can match any offer sheet if Monroe signs something from another team.
Orlando’s trusted executive, Scott Perry, was the Pistons’ vice president when Monroe was drafted in 2010 and has observed the way Monroe has progressed since that time.
Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is a former NBA player and his agent was David Falk, Monroe’s agent. With Portland, Falk once got the Trail Blazers to sign Pacers center Roy Hibbert to a max contract sheet when Hibbert and the Pacers reached an impasse.
The Pacers matched the deal, choosing not to let Hibbert walk. Reportedly, the Trail Blazers are interested in a sign-and-trade, and Monroe could conceivably join the Blazers’ inside-outside duo of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard.
Other teams could be ready to pursue Monroe, but Van Gundy repeatedly stated he was ready and prepared for any scenario.
How the Pistons proceed will determine if his words were true.