The Atlanta Hawks battled valiantly in their first round match up with the Indiana Pacers, and although they ended up losing the series, the future seems bright for the birds.
Al Horford should come back at full strength, coach Mike Budenholzer’s system has proved to be successful, and the team has some financial flexibility to use in the free agent market this summer.
There are some decent names out there, but it appears the Hawks may have their sights set on a big man in Detroit.
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.
Whether that chatter morphs into full-fledged courtship remains to be seen.
This would not make a lot of sense. The Hawks have an All-Star frontcourt in Paul Millsap and Al Horford, so adding Greg Monroe wouldn’t seem to fit their plans. Millsap’s two-year, $19 million deal is expiring, and could draw some interest in the trade market, but all indications point to Danny Ferry and the organization liking Millsap, and they will likely re-sign him.
They could also move Millsap, who is 6’8, to the small forward spot, but that would be a terrible use of his strengths, and we saw how that worked out for Josh Smith with Monroe’s current team, the Detroit Pistons. Monroe is a restricted free agent, so the Hawks may would have to offer him a pretty hefty deal to lure him away from the Pistons, as they can match anything that comes his way.
Atlanta will have some cap space, and depending on what they do with their restricted free agents and non-guaranteed deals, they could have enough to sign a marquee free agent. Their needs would not be filled with signing Monroe, so fans should hope this is just a rumor. I would like to see them add some scoring and ball handling on the wing, and re-sign guys like Mike Scott to develop.
Many rumors will pop up from now until July 1st, and we will pass them along as they come.