The Atlanta Hawks have been rumored to be working a deal to trade Paul Millsap for Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons. This deal would be one of the worst moves in franchise history for the Hawks. It would be a travesty to move one of the leading stars of this team right now. Millsap is coming off an All-Star season in which he put the team on his back in the absence of All-Star teammate Al Horford, and he willed the team into the playoffs and nearly upset the top-seeded Indiana Pacers.
Millsap is entering the last season in his current contract with Atlanta. The Hawks were able to sign him last summer at a surprisingly low cost. He will ask for more money after the season, and if he performs as well as this past year, then he deserves every bit of an increase.
Monroe is also entering into the last season of his contract with the Pistons and is on track to receive over $10.1 million. I believe Monroe is a valuable asset but not at that price. He hasn’t had many serious suitors because Detroit holds all the cards, but the other main reason is because of how expensive his contract is.
Atlanta would be very foolish to move an All-Star and Team USA Member so quickly after achieving this past season’s successes. The Hawks have a great core of team-oriented players who lookout for one another, and the trust established between them can not be bought.
I look for Atlanta to maintain all of its current players going forward into the fall. The only player who is still up in the air is Mike Scott. He has received a very high offer to play in Moscow, Russia. The Hawks have given him a qualifying offer, but his decision is still in limbo. If he stays with the Hawks, then the roster would total 14 which would provide some flexibility for GM Danny Ferry.
All signs in Atlanta point away from trades for the foreseeable future. Trading Millsap would certainly be a foolish decision unless an extravagant offer were presented. But that’s not going to happen in this market, and I know Ferry is not a foolish man. Therefore, look for your favorite Hawks players to be back in their red, white and blue for this coming season.