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Height/Weight: 6-11/250 | Birthdate: 6/4/1990 | Birthplace: Harvey, LA | Team: Detroit Pistons | College: Georgetown | NBA Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 100/61 | Average Draft Position: 53.36
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Greg Monroe's Fantasy value gets a boost


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Pistons may have left Josh Smith without a job Monday, but their decision to waive their free agency prize from the 2013 offseason will have a positive impact on at least one player: fellow forward Greg Monroe. The fit between the two was always awkward, but Fantasy owners should expect Monroe to flourish now, as I wrote at the Fantasy Basketball Today blog:

"Smith led the team with a 25.3 percent usage rate this season, while Monroe ranked second at 24.0, however Monroe's number shrank to 21.9 percent when he shared the floor with Smith, per NBAWowy.com. Monroe posted a 55.0 percent True Shooting percentage in 281 minutes without Smith, compared to 52.9 percent with him.

Monroe should see a huge boost in his Fantasy value moving forward, especially since he should be able to do more facilitating; remember, he averaged 3.5 assists per game in the final season before Smith arrived. He could be a must-start Fantasy option before long, so this might be your last chance to buy low."

Monroe is already owned in 100 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, so it's not like you'll be able to run out and grab him after this news. However, you should view him as much more valuable than he was even a week ago, and might be someone you look at as a good trade target right now. 



Pistons waive forward Josh Smith


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) The Pistons announced they have waived forward Josh Smith on Monday.

"Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction," coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future. As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced. In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward. We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person."

The Pistons signed Smith to a four-year, $54 million contract in 2013 and Smith is due $14 million each of the next two seasons. To minimize the financial impact of Smith's release, the Pistons are expected to use the stretch provision which allows teams to stretch out contracts more than $25 million over twice the amount of years in the contract, plus one year, reports the Oakland Press.

Smith has struggled to fit into Van Gundy’s system. In 28 games, Smith is averaging 13.1 points while shooting a career-low 39.1 percent from the floor. 

With Smith's departure, forward Greg Monroe is expected to see an increase in minutes. Monroe is averaging 14.7 points and 8.8 rebounds over 29.0 minutes.


Agent: Pistons' Greg Monroe not seeking trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The agent for Pistons power forward Greg Monroe said Wednesday that his client is not seeking a trade, USA Today Sports reports.

"[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.


Pistons' Monroe denies trade rumors, calls them 'completely false'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe, who was rumored Monday in trade talks, said he and the team "haven't had discussions like that at all."

"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.


Report: Greg Monroe open to trade; Pistons want first-round pick


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe wants to be traded, sources told the Sporting News. However, the Pistons are seeking a first-round pick in return for Monroe and appear unwilling to waiver on their demands.

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.


Pistons PF Greg Monroe scores team-high 24 vs. Kings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Pistons power forward Greg Monroe scored a team-high 24 points on 8 of 13 shooting in his team's 95-90 win over the Kings Saturday.

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.


Pistons PF Greg Monroe comes off the bench for 22 and 10


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Pistons power forward Greg Monroe played 33 minutes off the bench Tuesday against Portland, collecting 22 points and 10 rebounds. Monroe actually led the team in minutes. He's averaged 19.5 points over his past four games.

Monroe shot 10 of 22 from the field, 2 of 2 from the foul line. He'll visit the Suns on Friday.


Pistons forward Greg Monroe picks up 29 points


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe pitcked up 29 points on Wednesday against the Celtics.

Monroe shot 9-17 from the field. He sunk all 10 of his free throws. Monroe also played a role on the boards, coming up with seven rebounds. 


Pistons forward Greg Monroe doubles up on the Suns


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe posted a double-double Wednesday against the Suns.

Monroe shot 7-17 from the field, including four of five free throws. He also added 12 rebounds, including eight on the defensive end. He also dished out three assists. 


Pistons PF Greg Monroe delivers 16-11 line vs. Grizzlies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2014) Pistons power forward Greg Monroe scored 16 points on 8 of 13 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds in his team's 95-88 loss to the Grizzlies.

Monroe's double-double was his fifth in eight games, and Saturday's 61.3 percent shooting performance was his second-best mark of the seaosn. Despite the solid night from Monroe, the Pistons fell for the fourth time in their last five games. They'll look to bounce back Monday against the Magic.


Pistons forward Greg Monroe dominates the boards


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe dominated the boards Wednesday against the Knicks.

Monroe finished with 18 rebounds, 12 of which came on the defensive side of the ball. He wasn't a slouch on offensive either, finishing with 23 points on the night. 


Pistons start Smith, Monroe, Drummond Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Pistons have chosen to go with a jumbo front line Wednesday, starting Josh Smith at small forward, Greg Monroe at power forward and Andre Drummond at center against the Knicks.

Monroe came off the bench in his season debut Saturday, scoring 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting and grabbing 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. Smith has averaged 16.3 points and 7.0 rebounds over the team's first three games, while Drummond has delivered 12.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.


A bench role best for Greg Monroe's Fantasy value


by Jeff Tobin | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2014) Coming off the bench can be seen as a sign of ignominy in sports circles, but it isn't always a bad thing for Fantasy purposes.

Pistons forward Greg Monroe may make his return to the starting lineup as soon as Wednesday against the Knicks, but that probably wouldn't be the best thing for his value. Monroe scored 18 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes in his season debut, while never once sharing the court with both Josh Smith and Andre Drummond. Though his minutes might be a bit more limited if Stan Van Gundy separates the big three, serving as the focal point of the offense would only benefit Monroe, who saw his scoring, rebounding and assist numbers all fall off last season.

Fantasy owners were frequently frustrated by the ill-fitting trio in Detroit last season, and the presence of a shot-happy point guard didn't help things. Van Gundy gave lip service to separating his big men more this season, so it would be disappointing to see him go back on that so quickly.

Fantasy owners hoping for the best from Monroe should actually root for him to remain the team's sixth man. 


Pistons considering jumbo front line for Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2014) Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the Detroit News he is considering starting his jumbo front line -- Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond -- on Wednesday against the Knicks. Monroe came off the bench in his season debut Saturday, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a loss to the Nets.

Pistons PF Greg Monroe to come off bench Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) Pistons power forward Greg Monroe will come off the bench in Saturday's home opener against the Nets, MLive.com reports.

Monroe has notched 274 consecutive regular-season starts dating back to January 2011, but coach Stan Van Gundy said that the team will stick with the same starting lineup used in the team's first two games while the power forward served a two-game suspension.

"At the end of the day, the only difference will be some players on the court might be already warmed up," Monroe said Saturday. "It's no difference coming in the first six minutes or coming in the second six minutes. You have to work yourself into the game. So I'm just going to try to make sure that I stay warm, stay ready, and when I get into the game, just get into the flow of the game as quick as possible -- like I would if I was starting. So I don't think it's really that big of a difference."

Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds while starting all 82 games last season.


Van Gundy: 'Focused' Greg Monroe 'playing great basketball'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe is having a pretty promising preseason, averaging 16.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, according to the Detroit Free Press. He is shooting 61.3 percent from the field and 74.2 percent from the free-throw line.

"I just know he's playing really well -- very consistent and not just in games," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I don't remember him having a bad day out here. He's just been really, really good. I think he's playing great basketball."

Van Gundy added Monroe is also getting the job done on defense.

"He's focused," Van Gundy said. "He concentrates well and does his job. He doesn't make many mistakes. I like guys like that defensively. He doesn't miss rotations."


Greg Monroe to come off bench in Pistons' preseason opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe will not be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's preseason opener against the Bulls. However, coach Stan Van Gundy tried to downplay the lineup decision Tuesday as an indication Monroe will be coming off the bench to begin the season, according to The Detroit News.

"It'll be different every game in the preseason," Van Gundy said. "Seriously, it was random as much as anything. We knew the 10 we wanted to play today. But it was pretty random."

Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, Caron Butler, Jodie Meeks and Brandon Jennings were named the starters for Tuesday's preseason game.


Pistons PF Greg Monroe explains why he could walk away


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe has explained his side of the contract squabble in which he turned down a sizeable offer from the team in favor of a one-year deal that could allow him to leave next July.

"It's no disrespect to the people working here but it was just tough for me to agree to another four years with new people," he told the Detroit News. "Honestly, if you were to ask the average person would they do that in the arena they're in, they'd say no."

Monroe made certain to explain that his decision was not a slam against the city or fans.

"When talking about leaving Detroit, it was the team specifically," he said. "I have no problem with the city, or the fans or the people. I don't have a problem with anyone here. I've been received with open arms. People have always shown me love. Fans, they've stuck with us through hard times."

Monroe has been one of the bright lights in a sea of darkness. He has averaged 15-16 points and 9-10 rebounds per game in each of the last three seasons.


Greg Monroe agrees to return to Detroit for one season


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe has signed his $5.5 million qualifying offer for  the 2014-15 season as expected, Yahoo.com reports.

Monroe was a restricted free agent this offseason who found a lukewarm market awaiting his services. Monroe reportedly wanted out of Detroit, but was unable to find a long-term deal to his liking. Monroe will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason, and the Pistons risk losing him for nothing, because any team acquiring Monroe via trade this season would lose his Bird rights.

Monroe's numbers took a bit of a hit last season, as the Pistons' frontcourt grew more crowded. He still averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 82 contests. 


Pacers shopping Roy Hibbert, call Pistons about Greg Monroe


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Pacers are shopping center Roy Hibbert, and they have called the Pistons regarding a potential deal involving restricted free agent Greg Monroe, Detroit Sports 105.1 reports.

There's no word about whether the Pistons would be interested in a Monroe-for-Hibbert spot, but they are pretty well set in the middle with Andre Drummond in the starting lineup. It's a rumor that seemingly has very little chance of coming to fruition.


Greg Monroe could be a max offer away from getting traded


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Pistons coach and president Stan Van Gundy has said that he would like to retain restricted free agent Greg Monroe, but the team could have no choice but deal him in a sign-and-trade. CBS Sports NBA Insider Ken Berger reports that Detroit might be forced to deal Greg Monroe if he's offered a max contract.

The Pistons are dealing with a bloated frontcourt in both the financial and literal sense, with forward Josh Smith owed $13.5 million each of the next three seasons and center Andre Drummond facing free agency in the summer of 2016. Detroit will want cap space to offer Drummond, a potential franchise center, to an extension and will be hamstrung should they match a max offer sheet for Monroe.

The Trail Blazers, Hawks, Cavaliers and Magic are said to be interested in the big man entering his fifth season. He's averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game over his career.


Greg Monroe doubles up vs. Timberwolves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe scored a team-high 20 points on 8 of 17 shooting while grabbing 15 rebounds in his team's 114-101 loss to the Timberwolves Friday.

Including his 27-point effort Wednesday, Monroe has put up back-to-back 20-point games for the first time since totaling 50 points over a two-game stretch in mid-December. He hasn't failed to score in double digits since the end of January. Monroe has averaged 14.8 points and 9.0 rebounds over 62 games played.


Greg Monroe scores 27 vs. Bulls


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe snapped out of a mini three-game slump Wednesday, as he led the team in scoring in a 105-94 loss to the Bulls.

Monroe was a focal point offensively while logging 44 minutes in the loss. He scored 27 points on 12 of 20 shooting, his second-best total of the season. He added seven rebounds, five assists and two steals, while turning the ball over just once.

Monroe has just 33 points in his previous three game, so it was good to see him get back on track against a tough defense. He is averaging 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game over the last five. 


Greg Monroe records 25th double-double


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) Pistons center Greg Monroe endured a rough shooting night on Saturday, but still managed to record a double-double in a 118-110 loss to the Rockets in Houston.

Monroe scored 10 points on 3 of 11 from the floor, and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. He grabbed 14 rebounds, with only six of them coming from the offensive end of the glass. He also chipped in with three assists, two blocks and two steals while logging 34 minutes of game action.

Monroe has 25 double-doubles this season. He is averaging 16.8 points and 11.8 rebounds over his last five games.


Greg Monroe doubles up vs. Hawks Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe scored a team-high 22 points on 10 of 17 shooting while grabbing 15 rebounds in his team's 115-107 win over the Hawks Friday.

It was Monroe's 23rd double-double of the season, and he played 40 minutes for the first time this month in the win. He also chipped in two assists, two blocks and one steal Friday. Monroe has averaged 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds over 55 games played.