NBA Rumors: Joakim Noah, Timofey Mozgov predicted to have the same destiny as Greg Monroe?

NBA Rumors: Joakim Noah, Timofey Mozgov predicted to have the same destiny as Greg Monroe?

When Milwaukee Bucks succeeded to acquire Greg Monroe last summer, everyone was expecting that they will be a more competitive team in the 2015-16 NBA season. However, things did not go as planned and turn out the opposite way.

Greg Monroe was one of the most coveted free agents last summer where several NBA teams expressed their interest in him, including the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the 26-year-old center preferred to choose the Milwaukee Bucks and signed a three-year deal worth $ 51.4 million.

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In the 2014-15 NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks finished in the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference. However, in the following years, the Bucks ended up in the 12th spot even with the addition of Greg Monroe on their roster. With this, there are speculations that the Bucks are trying to move Monroe somewhere else.

Greg Monroe is expected to earn $17 million for the 2016-17 NBA season and will be having a player option in the following year. As of now, only a few teams expressed their interest in trading for Monroe due to his expensive salary and degrading performance.

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The 2016 NBA free agency featured lots of monster deal which some people think a thing that they would regret in the future. Chris Fedor of listed the five worst deals of the offseason, including centers Timofey Mozgov and Joakim Noah.

After giving such deal to these players, there are speculations that their relationship with their respective teams might end up like Greg Monroe and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Timofey Mozgov, Los Angeles Lakers

Timofey Mozgov signed a four-year deal worth $64 million. Many people were shocked and disappointed with this move by the Lakers. However, it seemed like they have no other choice since they failed to have a meeting with top free agents like Kevin Durant and Hassan Whiteside.

Mozgov will definitely fill up the spot that Roy Hibbert left and provide a veteran presence in the Lakers. He has the chance to prove his critics whether if the Lakers made the right decision to give him a monster deal or not.

Joakim Noah, New York Knicks

Since the Knicks traded their starting center, Robin Lopez, their first priority in the offseason is to find his replacement. Of all the players available in the free agency market, the Knicks decided to choose Joakim Noah and gave him a four-year deal worth $72 million.

It can be a good move if Noah remains healthy all years. His performance with the Chicago Bulls tremendously gone down in the previous seasons mainly because of multiple injuries. If Noah’s injury will not bother him anymore, the Knicks are expected to compete next season. However, if not, the Knicks relationship with Noah might end up like Greg Monroe and the Bucks.

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