The Atlanta Hawks are expected to chase Detroit Pistons restricted free agent Greg Monroe, according to Marc Stein from ESPN:
“There have been some recent rumbles on the personnel grapevine that the Hawks will lob themselves into the bidding for Detroit Pistons restricted free agent Greg Monroe.”
“The close ties between Monroe’s agent, David Falk, and Falk’s former star client Ferry make such rumbles inevitable.”
How much the Detroit Pistons are willing to pay to bring Monroe back remains to be seen. Their core of Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond did not seem to click last season, which is why many see the Pistons making some sort of change. With Monroe out of the picture, Josh Smith can slide over to the power forward slot, and the Pistons could sign a true small forward during the free agency period.
The Hawks currently have Paul Millsap and Al Horford in the paint, which might make a Greg Monroe signing confusing to fans. However, Atlanta might want to part ways with Al Horford, who missed the postseason due to a torn right pectoral muscle. Horford has been out since December.
Greg Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds during 82 regular season games in 2013-14. Many see a great amount of potential in the 23 year old power forward. He would definitely excel alongside Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Mike Scott.