By Daron Grandberry on July 23, 2014
Restricted free agent Greg Monroe remains unsigned and should be receiving plenty of calls from general managers who need his services. The 6-foot-11 center may be holding out for a max contract, or Detroit may want to see what he's offered. Here are five potential landing spots for the big man.
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of three teams that can offer Greg Monroe a max deal without going over the cap. Although the 76ers just drafted Joel Embid and Nerlens Noel is looking like a franchise player in summer league, Monroe should really be a consideration in Philadelphia. A post rotation of Embid, Noel and Monroe sounds tempting, but the 76ers haven't been known as big spenders.
With Al Horford's issues staying healthy for an entire season, the Atlanta Hawks should definitely consider signing Greg Monroe to an offer sheet. The addition of Monroe would give the Hawks another forward who specializes in rebounding and also gives the Hawks another legit big. Undersized forward Paul Millsap did his best in Horford's absence, but he struggled against bigger forwards.
If Jeanie Buss was in charge the Lakers would have signed Monroe to an offer sheet already, but since she's not the Lakers are No. 3 on the list. With the loss of Pau Gasol, the Lakers have only one real center on the roster in Robert Sacre. Although Jordan Hill is capable of playing the center position, Monroe's scoring and rebounding would definitely be an upgrade over Sacre and Ryan Kelly.
Another team that can offer Greg Monroe a max contract is the Phoenix Suns. Unlike the teams mentioned above, the Suns have expressed interest in Greg Monroe but have yet to make an offer. Monroe's rebounding and ability to run the floor would make him a great addition to a Phoenix roster that is filled with young talent in the Morris twins, Goran Dragic and newly acquired Isaiah Thomas. Monroe's length and rebounding would be a perfect fit.
Don't be surprised to see Greg Monroe re-sign with the Detroit Pistons in the future. New head coach and general manager Stan Van Gundy is a very smart man who knows that Monroe is restricted and any contract offered to him can be matched. Last season Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 9.2 rebounds next to emerging forward Andre Drummond. If the Pistons know what's good for them, they would keep Monroe and get rid of Josh Smith's overpaid contract.
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