Monroe and his agent, David Falk, never sought an offer sheet from another team but pursued sign-and-trade proposals with at least five other teams, including Portland and Oklahoma City, according to person familiar with the discussions. Monroe denied receiving a reported five-year, $60 million offer – or anything close – from Pistons and would’ve been unlikely to accept either way.
Greg Monroe is a restricted free agent and hasn’t found an offer from anyone. It’s not because he’s not good; he’s very good. It’s that the market really couldn’t sort him out, especially with all the other names out there. So the Pistons sat back and let things play out and now will likely extend him a qualifying offer and revisit things in unrestricted free agency next summer.
Now, could the Thunder actually have been a player for him? Not really. The Thunder don’t have enticing sign-and-trade assets, at least in terms of matching salary (no, the Pistons don’t want Kendrick Perkins). Monroe is surely looking for near max money and to the Thunder, he’s not worth anything near that, especially with Serge Ibaka already in place. Monroe could play center, but Steven Adams needs room himself to take over the position and they also just selected Mitch McGary.
It just wouldn’t make any sense. For a reasonable deal, sure, go for it. But Monroe is after big money, and the Thunder aren’t handing that out to a player like him.