The Milwaukee Bucks wants to overachieve themselves this season with a trip to the playoffs but is still in need with the right pieces. Trade rumors suggest the Bucks send Greg Monroe to the New Orleans Pelicans for Jrue Holiday and Omer Asik.
With the proposed deal, the Bucks get a reliable point guard which would be an upgrade and they also get a solid backup center. Holiday averages 16.8 points with 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds a game. He would be an upgrade to the Bucks’ backcourt line-up which has Giannis Antetokounmpo, Michael Carter-Williams, Jason Terry, Matthew Dellavedova, and Orlando Johnson.
Aside from Holiday, Asik would be another option in the center spot, if the deal would push through. He could get in the rotation along John Henson and Miles Plumlee.
When the Bucks signed Monroe last season, they hope to get a boost for their aim at the playoffs, but his numbers were not enough. Thus, the Bucks are now at the crossroads of whether to ship the 26-year old former Hoyas. Despite averaging 15.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game for last season, the Bucks see Monroe, not part of what they have planned for the team.
Aside from that, the Bucks will miss Khris Middleton due to an injury and Antetokounmpo’s shooting surely needs encouragement. Thus getting this deal would somehow improve their chances while waiting for Middleton to gain his health.
If the deal gets going, Monroe would be a suitable pair for Anthony Davis who also needs a help in the scoring chores. Being a traditional big man, Monroe could be a fit with Davis to dominate the paint.
With Middleton out of action for the next six months, the Bucks are looking to bring in more shooters. If they could make this deal, which is, by the way, possible; they might reach their goal of making the playoffs.
For Monroe, he must repackage himself and be a defensive asset as well. With the league to formally start in week’s time, teams want to make sure they have the right pieces or else think of doing an overhaul by the trade deadline in Feb.
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