Greg Monroe to be traded to New Orleans Pelicans?

Greg Monroe to be traded to New Orleans Pelicans?

Greg Monroe is on the trading block of the Milwaukee Bucks for a long time. This can be attributed to the lackluster performance he had while playing for the Bucks last season.

Monroe is under contract to play for Milwaukee until the 2018 season since signing a three-year, $50 million deal last year.

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According to Zach Lowe’s podcast with Marc Stein of ESPN, the Bucks are shopping Greg Monroe around the league. The team particularly had close talks with the New Orleans Pelicans recently. Stein added that this is in line with the idea that Monroe wants to go to his hometown of New Orleans.

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Moreover, according to the podcast, the Pelicans could offer Omer Asik and Jrue Holiday for Greg. But the two players are oft-injured since being a part of New Orleans. This could be an ideal trade if the Pelicans would add a lottery-protected first round pick. While the Bucks could throw Michael Carter-Williams to the deal.

Therefore, an Asik, Holiday and a first-round pick for Monroe and Carter-Williams might be a viable trade idea for both teams.

If that deal does not push through, a reported idea of having Alexis Ajinca and Tyreke Evans instead of Asik and Holiday might also be a good thing. This is because according to the source, the Pelicans might not be willing to part ways with Jrue.

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Monroe is a six-year NBA veteran who was drafted seventh overall by the Detroit Pistons in 2010. The center out of Georgetown did not particularly have a memorable season with the Bucks last year. His performance pale in comparison as to when he was with the Pistons.

He only averaged 15.3 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game last season. This is not better compared to his 15.9 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game with his former team.

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