AUBURN HILLS (AP) — Greg Monroe had a clear message for Detroit Pistons fans Monday.
“This doesn’t mean I’m leaving,” Monroe said at the team’s media day.
What he didn’t say, though, was that he was staying.
This summer, Monroe did something almost unheard of for a frontline NBA player — he signed a one-year qualifying deal that costs him almost $10 million for this season but makes him an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The obvious implication is that he wants a chance to find a better home after spending his first four seasons with one of the league’s more dysfunctional franchises.
“The Pistons offered me a long-term deal, but after talking it over with the people that are most important — my agent, some friends and my family, I decided to turn it down,” he said.
“It isn’t that I want to get out of the city of…
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