Pistons extend qualifying offer to Monroe

AUBURN HILLS — In a move that was long expected, the Detroit Pistons extended a $5.5 million qualifying offer to big man Greg Monroe over the weekend, making him a restricted free agent when the NBA’s free agent moratorium begins.

It doesn’t change Monroe’s status. These are the possible outcomes:

Sign a long-term deal with the Pistons. Not likely given agent David Falk’s history of testing the market.

Sign an offer sheet with a team with cap room. The Pistons would have three days to match.

Find a team without cap space and the Pistons agree to a sign-and-trade.

Sign a $5.5 million qualifying offer and becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The qualifying offer allows teams to retain its right of first refusal with a restricted free agent.

Monroe, the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 32.8 minutes in a career-high 82 games (all starts) last season.

Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy has stated his case.

“I think teams think it’s better, especially with younger guys, to have an asset, even if he’s overpaid, that can bring value down the road, than to have a guy go for nothing,” Van Gundy said.

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