With the NBA offseason right around the corner, the rumors are starting to swirl and one of them includes the Atlanta Hawks. According to multiple reports, the Hawks are supposedly interested in bringing Greg Monroe over from the Detroit Pistons. Hopefully, these rumors and reports are not true because this is not the move Atlanta needs to make this offseason.
If the Hawks seriously want to make an improvement to their team, they need to go all-out for either a star such as Carmelo Anthony, or not go after anyone at all besides maybe a veteran. Monroe would not only cost way too much due to his age and potential, but the move also makes no sense. I know the team needs some help down in the low post, but I don’t feel like Monroe is the right option.
Atlanta is already going to get their NBA All-Star back next season in Al Horford, who is 10 times better than the power forward from the Pistons. GM Danny Ferry and coach Mike Budenholzer also made the selection of Lucas Nogueira in the previous draft as well, so why go after a player like Monroe? Nogueira might not have the skillset of Monroe right now, but he’s younger and taller.
I’m guessing the Hawks don’t plan on bringing him to the team next season because that is the only way the possible move for the Detroit forward makes any sense.
Also, the biggest question of all about Monroe is where would you put him? Paul Millsap plays power forward and Horford plays center, so where does he fit in? You’re not going to bring him off the bench for the price he will command this offseason, and Atlanta had better not even consider getting rid of Millsap. He was the heart and soul of the team this year when Horford went down. No disrespect to Monroe, who is actually a good player, but he’s no Millsap if you ask me.
For this reason, the Hawks cannot make this move in the offseason. He’s a solid player, but he’s just not the right fit for Atlanta right now.