Grantland's Zach Lowe looked into the Atlanta Hawks' season and while analyzing their successes and pitfalls, Lowe explored the possibility of the Hawks and Pistons swapping forwards during the offseason. The 29-year-old forward isn't the only Hawk the Pistons have been linked to, with Sean Deveney earlier reporting Detroit's interest in DeMarre Carroll. Atlanta believes they can retain both forwards, although Lowe doesn't like their chances, with New York also interested in both free agents according to The New York Post's Marc Berman.
Millsap averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists for a high performing Atlanta Hawks team, and although he struggled shooting the ball in the playoffs due to an injured shoulder(.407/.306/.744), he did shoot 36 percent from three and 48 percent from the field during the regular season.
Millsap is a little old for Detroit's timeline, but he'd be perfect spotting up around Reggie Jackson-Andre Drummond pick-and-rolls, and rival executives get the sense that Stan Van Gundy wants to start winning now.
The Hawks have been intrigued before with Greg Monroe, and if Millsap wants all the cash he can get, you can bet Atlanta would look at a Millsap-Monroe double sign-and-trade. Monroe can't defend or space the floor like Millsap, but he's a bruiser who can get buckets in the post, and Budenholzer would love his passing.
Budenholzer doesn't want to hear about changes. He wants to bring back the same group, "or darn close to it." "It's a helluva group," he says. "The fiber, the minds we have — it all fits well."
Could a Monroe-Millsap swap be a win-win for both teams?
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