There’s a reason why you haven’t heard a lot about Greg Monroe’s contract situation — there’s nothing to report.

It’s highly likely that the fourth-year power forward won’t receive a contract extension from the Pistons before the Halloween deadline meaning Monroe will be a restricted free agent next off-season.

But don’t misunderstand the move. At this point the Pistons still consider Monroe a huge part of their rebuilding effort but the circumstances suggest the team would be better off letting the season play out.

The Pistons probably could get a signature on a five-year maximum contract offer. There wouldn’t be much point in the offer being declined. But the collective bargaining agreement dictates that teams can have only one five-year designated player. That spot likely is reserved for second-year center Andre Drummond in the off-season before 2015-16.

So the season plays out and Monroe builds on his promising first three seasons couldn’t he just walk? Nope. The most another team could offer is four years. The Pistons match it and still retain the five-year designation for Drummond.