After a tumultuous restricted free agency period Detroit Piston power forward Greg Monroe has elected to sign a one-year qualifying offer. The deal will pay him $5.48 million for the 2014-2015 season, and Monroe will then be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015.
At 24 years old Monroe has established himself as a budding prospect, who will play hard and put up a double-double almost every night. He averaged 15.2 points, and 9.3 rebounds last season shooting 51 percent from the field. All four of his seasons in the NBA have been consistent, only dipping below nine rebounds and 15 points a game in his rookie season.
Monroe and the Pistons could not come to an agreement this summer, and Monroe did not find a suitable offer from any other team. It is likely that new head coach and president of basketball operations, Stan Van Gundy, did not want one of his first moves to be overpaying for a power forward; especially when Josh Smith is already on the roster making 13.5 million dollars.
The Pistons would have had the opportunity to match any offer had Monroe accepted an offer, so they played the wait and see game; which appears to be paying off.
What it all means
Either side stands to benefit based on various outcomes this season. If Monroe's numbers increase, and he steps up his play; he stands to make considerably more money than he was offered this summer. On the other side, if he does not perform up to his standards, the Pistons can either let him walk or get Monroe at a bargain price.
Both the Pistons and Monroe will feel the pressure for the upcoming season. With an Eastern conference that is wide open, and offseason moves to acquire more perimeter shooting; they are looking to end their streak of five consecutive seasons missing the playoff.s