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Report: Hawks, Blazers, Magic, maybe Cavs interested in Greg Monroe

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Greg Monroe is attracting attention in restricted free agency.
Greg Monroe is attracting attention in restricted free agency. (USATSI)

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The Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic and maybe the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Detroit Pistons restricted free agent Greg Monroe, according to ESPN's Marc Stein:

The Los Angeles Lakers also reportedly have the 24-year-old on their list of targets. Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy has been vocal about how much he likes Monroe since he arrived, and he does not intend to lose him for nothing. A max offer could make things interesting, though, and CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that a sign-and-trade would be a "high possibility" if one were to find its way to Monroe.

Ideally, you'd want to surround Monroe with shooters and give him a frontcourt partner who can protect the rim. Portland is interesting there, but LaMarcus Aldridge plays 36 minutes per game. Would it be worth surrendering, say, Nicolas Batum for Monroe if it means the Blazers' average defense takes a hit?

The Hawks could use Monroe's post presence offensively, but it's a questionable fit because they already have Paul Millsap and Al Horford. The Magic could need more scoring, but pairing him with Nikola Vucevic on the inside is inviting opponents to attack the basket. The Cavaliers already have too many power forwards and people who need the ball in their hands, so that's a weird one. Los Angeles needs all the good, young players it can get.

Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for Detroit last season, shooting 50 percent from the field. He's gifted and teams are interested in him; it'll just come down to how much money they're willing to offer.

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