Feb 21, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons power forward Greg Monroe (10) holds the ball as Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap (4) defends in the first quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Monroe rumors: Could Atlanta Hawks deal Pau Millsap to acquire Monroe?

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It is no secret restricted free agent Greg Monroe wants out of Detroit. That’s why he may sign his qualifying offer and play one more year with the Pistons before becoming an unrestricted free agent next year. However, the Pistons still could pursue a sign-and-trade with Monroe.

Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors believes the Atlanta Hawks could be a good fit for Monroe but they’d likely have to give up Paul Millsap.

The idea that he’d sign the QO isn’t quite as far-fetched as the notion that Bledsoe would take it, since Monroe’s QO is worth about $1.7MM more, I still think he’ll sign a long-term deal, either with the Pistons or as part of a sign-and-trade. And if he does so with the Pistons, I suspect they’ll try to move him at the deadline.

And for teams that could take him, I’ll continue to trot out the Hawks, who make sense in a sign-and-trade scenario if they’ll give up Paul Millsap.

Monroe put up 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field and 65.7% from the free throw line last season. Monroe, who was the seventh-overall pick in the first round of the 2010 draft, has averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 50.8% from the floor and 67.8% from the foul line.  Millsap was fantastic for the Hawks last season, going for 17.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.1% from the field, 35.8% from three and 73.1% from the foul line. In his eight-year career, he’s averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 50.7% from the field, 32.9% from downtown and 72.4% from the foul line.

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