This summer the draft class of 2010 is eligible for contract extensions — teams with a star they want to lock up can do what the Thunder did with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, what the Clippers did with Blake Griffin, and so on. Give your franchise player the max.
So who from that draft do you think you want to lock up from 2010? John Wall? Evan Turner? Derrick Favors? Wesley Johnson? DeMarcus Cousins? Those were your first five pick and… not so much. We’ll see what the new ownership (whoever it is) and GM do with Cousins. Wall if he takes a discount salary maybe.
Then there is Greg Monroe, who fell to Detroit at the seventh pick and has been a quality NBA center — 15.9 points and 9.6 rebounds a game with 48.9 percent shooting this season. That’s the kind of big man you want to keep.
But Monroe’s agent, David Falk, told the Detroit Free Press there are no plans to talk extension, it will get sorted out in the summer of 2014 when Monroe is a restricted free agent.
“Greg isn’t gonna go backwards between his third and fourth year,” Falk said. “I don’t think I’ve ever done an extension after a third year. In the 90’s you maxed out a guy after his second, but the (CBA) rules are different now.”
“When I evaluate things, with a player of Greg’s stature: Take the money out of the equation. I can get it from five different teams. ‘Are there players I want to play with? A coach I want to play for? A city I want to live in?’ My job is to make the money as insignificant as possible (relatively).”
It’s a very agent thing to say “take the money out of the equation” because money IS the equation. In the case of Monroe in the summer of 2014, whatever some team with a great coach, livable city, and great teammates can offer to Monroe the Pistons have the right to match.
The Pistons are an up-and-coming team with a great young front line of Monroe and Andre Drummond, solid backcourt players like Brandon Knight, a guy they may want to keep in Jose Calderon, and $20 million in cap space. And if you want to know what attracts free agents, it’s cap space.
Detroit is a good place to be right now, I’d be surprised if the Pistons let him go.