Atlanta Hawks trade rumors surrounding Detroit Pistons power forward Greg Monroe continue to run rampant. This time the trade rumors surrounding the big man focus on Monroe apparently wanting out of Detroit.
In an appearance on Aime Mukendi Jr.’s podcast, AIMEzing Words, Adrian Wojnarowski talked about Greg Monroe’s dissatisfaction with the Pistons and the possibility of him being moved.
Detroit has tried to help [Monroe] with some sign-and-trade possibilities around the league. Monroe doesn’t really have a great interest in going back and playing with the Pistons. If they’re going to move him in a sign-and-trade, they’ve got to get value for him. They’ve got to get back some significant talent to compensate for that loss. They haven’t been able to find a deal for him.
They’ve talked with Atlanta, I believe they talked with Phoenix for a while. Portland had some interest early on, but those teams moved on. They could have signed Monroe to an offer sheet, but Detroit would have likely matched it…
The whole podcast can be heard below.
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Greg Monroe is a good, young, and talented big man who still has his best years to come. Here on Soaring Down South we discussed a week ago about whether the Atlanta Hawks should make a late push for Monroe.
The Pistons do have the upper hand in this situation. Monroe is a restricted free agent, meaning Detroit can match any offer given to their young big man. They are being wise to hold on to Monroe to see if they could get a better deal at the trade deadline.
If Monroe and the Hawks don’t come together this offseason, expect things between the two parties to heat up at the trade deadline as long as Monroe is with the Pistons.
Atlanta Hawks trade rumors surrounding the former Georgetown Hoya could turn into reality for Atlanta in February because of Paul Millsap’s situation.
Millsap is only under contract for the 2014-15 season and will become an unrestricted free agent at year’s end. It’s possible he doesn’t return to Atlanta after that, either because the team doesn’t want him or because he finds a better offer on the free market.
For now though the rumors are, well, rumors. Hawks fans will have to wait and see if anything materializes as training camp quickly approaches.
What do you think? Should the Hawks look back into the possibility of Monroe? Let us know in the comments!
Also, stay tuned to Soaring Down South for any updates on Atlanta Hawks trade rumors.