Pistons center Greg Monroe told Sports Illustrated he's not concerned about his contract situation. (Clarence Tabb Jr / Detroit News)
Pistons center Greg Monroe said he’s not worried about his contract status, but rather is more concerned about life in Africa, where he’s recently been visiting as part of an NBA-sponsored goodwill trip.
He made those comments in a wide-ranging interview with Sports Illustrated.
“It’s been great to get out here, relax, clear my mind and take this new experience in,” Monroe said. “I don’t listen to all the reports and rumors — I’m just enjoying the fresh air.”
Asked when he expects the contract situation to be ironed out, Monroe was non-specific.
“I’m heading back Saturday,” Monroe, a restricted free agent, told Sports Illustrated. “We’re still trying to sort things out. I’m really not sure what is going to happen. I’ve just enjoyed my time here, and it’s been nice to get away and do something positive with my time.”
The Pistons made Monroe, 24, a qualifying offer, and Stan Van Gundy, the Pistons new coach and president of basketball operations, has said publicly he hopes Monroe stays with Detroit.
Meanwhile, Monroe has enjoyed a nice break, with the Basketball Without Borders Africa Trip in South Africa.
The mission is being led by Dikembe Mutombo, who, like Monroe, is a Georgetown alum.
“It’s a very humbling experience,” Monroe told SI. “A lot of things we take for granted over in America, people don’t have access to over here. One thing that was surprising to me … I was talking basketball with one of the coaches the other day, and they mentioned that this camp is probably the first time any of these kids have ever played on a hardwood court. Or been on an airplane. In America, you can't drive 10 minutes without passing a court.
“There are so many things we take for granted here. This definitely reminds you.”
You can read Monroe’s entire Sports Illustrated interview here.