Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Milwaukee Bucks, who are reportedly eyeing to trade center Greg Monroe on or before the February deadline.
Greg Monroe has been involved in various trade rumors in the past months. The 26-year-old center seemed to be not a good fit with the Milwaukee Bucks after missing the recent playoffs. In 2015, Monroe was one of the most coveted players in free agency.
Four NBA teams had reportedly offered him a max contract, including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Milwaukee Bucks. To everyone’s surprise, Greg Monroe signed with the Bucks, eyeing to improve their chances in contending for the title.
Unfortunately, Monroe’s first season with the Bucks did not go well where the Bucks missed the playoffs. With this, rumors continue to circulate that the Bucks want to trade him before the training camp starts.
“Multiple NBA sources told me the Bucks accelerated their attempts to trade Monroe this summer — even though from a purely statistical standpoint, he had a quality season, averaging 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds.”
“The consensus among many NBA front office officials was that Monroe wouldn’t be with the Bucks when they report to training camp later this month — even if they couldn’t get fair market value for the big man.” Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times.
The Bucks signed Greg Monroe to add interior scoring and help on the glass. The 26-year-old might have done his part but he struggled on the defensive end. Monroe’s lack of mobility and shooting range made him a tough fit in the modern NBA.
Despite the criticisms, Greg Monroe is still a solid scorer and dominant rebounder. He may not be a good fit with the Bucks but there will surely be several NBA teams who can maximize his strengths.
As of now, most NBA teams are prepared to enter the 2016-17 NBA season with their current roster. If Monroe performs well, it will be easier for the Bucks find an ideal partner for their big man.
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