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Report: Magic, Hawks interested in Greg Monroe

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Do the Hawks need both Paul Millsap and Greg Monroe?   (USATSI)
Do the Hawks need both Paul Millsap and Greg Monroe? (USATSI)

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ESPN reports that the Hawks and Magic are expected to be suitors for Pistons forward Greg Monroe once free agency beings at midnight Tuesday.

Both teams present interesting options for Monroe.

The Hawks have a versatile roster and could pair Monroe with expert defender and high-low post player Al Horford. The question then would be what they would do with Paul Millsap. Would they trade Millsap to Detroit in a sign-and-trade? The Pistons might honestly consider that, given how much freedom it would give them and Millsap's versatility being a better fit for Stan Van Gundy's system. Would Millsap come off the bench? Millsap was an All-Star last year. Would they really bring him off the pine?

Orlando has a young, versatile roster. The issue is that neither Monroe nor Nikola Vucevic can protect the rim. Defensively, they would be at considerabl risk in that scenario. But with Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon, Vucevic, and Monroe, they would be one of the best rebounding teams in the league.

Detroit has the right to match any offer for Monroe and are expected to either A. match the offer or B. demand a significant return for letting Monroe go. In other words, teams can get him, but it's going to cost more than the offer sheet to bring him to their team.

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