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"[Monroe] does not want a trade," agent David Falk said. "He wants to honor his commitment to Stan and give it the year and evaluate everything at the end of the season."
Teams have shown interest in acquiring Monroe from the Pistons, but they would need Monroe's approval before trading him due to his acceptance of a one-year qualifying offer this summer. He has averaged 15.0 points and 9.1 rebounds in 23 games.
"To say I was unhappy, losing 13 in a row, you can say that about everybody on the team," Monroe said. "Nobody's happy when you lose 13 games in a row. But as far as where he took it, that was completely false, and it's really, like, ridiculous to have to come in here and answer questions like this."
It was reported Monday the Pistons were seeking a first-round pick for Monroe, but coach Stan Van Gundy said no team has approached them or vice versa.
The Pistons will take on the Mavericks Wednesday.
Monroe signed a one-year, $5.5 million qualifying offer this past summer. He will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.
According to NBA rules, Monroe is allowed to veto any trade before the February trade deadline. However, a source with knowledge of the situation doesn't expect Monroe to veto any deals.
"Everyone knows he wants out of there," the source said. "There is almost nothing he would shoot down."
Monroe is averaging 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds in 22 games, which is close to his career averages of 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds.
Monroe played 32 minutes off the bench as the Pistons earned their second straight win following a lengthy losing streak. He also managed to rack up eight rebounds, his fifth straight game with at least that many rebounds, while chipping in one steal. The Pistons move ahead to face the Clippers Monday.
Monroe shot 10 of 22 from the field, 2 of 2 from the foul line. He'll visit the Suns on Friday.
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