The Pistons are planning on offering Monroe a contract and can offer more money than other teams. In 2014, Monroe signed a $5.4 million qualifying offer in order to become a free agent in 2015. In 57 games, Monroe is averaging 15.7 points and 10.5 rebounds.
Monroe posted his second-highest point total of the season in the lengthy game, playing 44 minutes in all. He delivered his third straight double-double while adding two assists, two steals and two blocks in the loss. The Pistons will look to bounce back Saturday against the Wizards.
"It's not gonna happen," Van Gundy said. "I don't know where Greg's head will be in the offseason, but we're still hopeful of Greg Monroe for the long term. And with him going into free agency, you won't get a lot, maybe a pick. I'm not gonna walk in that locker room and give up a piece like that and then tell the guys we're trying to make the playoffs. They deserve the chance to ride this out. You never say never to anything, but I can tell you about 99.9 percent, Greg Monroe's not going anywhere."
Monroe is under contract until the end of the season. He's due to make $5,479,933 this year. The 24-year-old is averaging 15.4 points, 10.4 boards and 2.0 assists through 52 games.
''We're in the hunt right now,'' Monroe said after the game, per the Associated Press. ''We're jockeying for position. There are a lot of games left but these are the games with people right in front of us that mean a lot. Every game we have to come knowing that we are jockeying for position.''
Monroe came up big two games ago, racking up 21 points and 21 rebounds, but Tuesday's double-double was just his second in the last five games, with the power forward hauling in nine rebounds in each of the other three games during that stretch. He also kicked in two assists and two steals in 36 minutes Tuesday. The Pistons will square off with the Spurs Wednesday.
Monroe nearly had a double-double at the half, with 15 points and nine boards. He shot 7-of-13 from the field and added three assists.
The Pistons host the Timberwolves, Sunday.
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