The Detroit Pistons have been trying to accommodate Greg Monroe in his requests for a sign-and-trade and it appears that they may be on the right track to making a deal finally happen.
With basically all of the free agents on the market now gone and the frenzy essentially over, Monroe remains unsigned and without a definite home for the upcoming season, and that’s something that the Pistons could be changing soon. According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports, who was interviewed on the Aime Mukendi Jr.’s podcast, the Atlanta Hawks could be working n a sign-and-trade to acquire the big man from Detroit.
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
Atlanta largely struck out on the free agent market this year, and they’re in need of a big man for the future, which is what Monroe very much could be. The deal isn’t done, but the Hawks make sense for Monroe and the depressed market for Monroe may make him even more affordable than he was before.
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