The Atlanta Hawks have about $15.5 million to spend in free agency after trading veteran guard Lou Williams and the draft rights to 2013 first-round selection Lucas Nogueira to the Toronto Raptors for John Salmons, and they appear ready to spend it.
The Hawks have already been linked to Luol Deng, and now reports indicate they could be looking to add more size.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Hawks have interest in Detroit Pistons restricted free agent Greg Monroe:
Hearing: Cleveland is another weighing whether to join the bidding for Pistons RFA Greg Monroe. Atlanta, Portland and Orlando all interested
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
This doesn’t make a lot of sense.
The Hawks used the 15th overall pick in last week’s 2014 NBA Draft on former Michigan State big man Adreian Payne and they still have All-Star power forward Paul Millsap under contract for another year. They already have a logjam in the frontcourt with Payne, Millsap, Al Horford and Pero Antic, and that’s not including restricted free agent Mike Scott — if they retain Scott, there will be no room for Monroe.
Also, since Monroe is a restricted free agent any offer sheet he signs can be matched by Detroit, if they so choose. That would mean the Hawks, or any other team who wants him, would likely have to overpay to pry him away from the Pistons, and that doesn’t seem to be in line with Hawks GM Danny Ferry’s vision.
Monroe and the Hawks have been linked since May, so this a rumor to keep an eye on.