The New York Knicks have had a very busy offseason but apparently, they are not finish improving their roster. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Knicks are interested in acquiring Greg Monroe from the Milwaukee Bucks to provide backup for Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah.
Sam Amico of Amico Hoops cited league sources that the Knicks are among several teams that might go after Monroe. He noted that New York is looking for a third team to complete the deal but they may eventually wait until December to pull it off.
The Bucks have made Monroe available this offseason despite having a good season statistically. However, he was not a great fit in Milwaukee as the team missed the postseason and failed to build up on a promising 2014-15 season.
Meanwhile, the Knicks are looking to make the playoffs this season with their new look roster consisting stars such as Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. The addition of Monroe insures roster stability just in case Porzingis or Noah goes down with an injury.
New York added players, such as Willy Hernangomez, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Maurice Ndour, but they have never played in a single regular season game in the NBA. They will need time to adjust which makes Monroe a good fit for them.
According to Will Joseph of Hoops Rumors, the Knicks do not have a trade chip available to match Monroe’s salary of $17 million. The can still make a deal by December when their newly signed players are eligible to be traded.
However, Monroe might not be with the Bucks once training camp starts. Besides the Knicks, the San Antonio Spurs has also been linked with the 26-year-old center. They are also looking for an additional frontcourt presence because of the retirement of Tim Duncan.
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