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NBA Rumors: Michael Beasley trade to push Bucks to deal Greg Monroe for a shooting guard

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The Milwaukee Bucks acquired Michael Beasley in a trade with the Houston Rockets. With an added big man, there are NBA rumors that the Bucks will now aggressively trade away center Greg Monroe for a shooting guard.

The Bucks lost Khris Middleton to a long-term injury earlier in the week and there is likelihood that they want to replace his outside shooting by dealing Monroe for a perimeter player.

The Bucks traded guard Tyler Ennis to acquire Beasley, who is expected to be a backup at the forward position.

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One of the NBA rumors involves J.R. Smith, who still has not finalized a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But even if the Bucks offer him a long-term max contract, a sign-and-trade involving Monroe to Cleveland is unlikely at this point.

The Bucks will now look around the league and see which teams can use Monroe and has available shooting guards for a trade.

One probable trade partner would be the New Orleans Pelicans, who can give up Tyreke Evans to the Bucks. Evans would be a bad fit though as he’s more of a combo guard. Via ESPN Trade Checker, a Monroe for Evans and Alex Ajinka works under the NBA trade rules.

Another would be the Charlotte Hornets, who can add more size by adding Monroe. The Hornets can give up Spencer Hawes and Jeremy Lamb for Monroe, and this also works under the NBA trade rules.

For the Hornets, the can rotate Monroe and Roy Hibbert at the center spot. The Bucks get a shooter in Lamb as replacement for the shooting of Middleton.

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Which is the better trade for the Bucks? Can Milwaukee save their season by making a deal with Middleton out for about six months? Should they trade Greg Monroe and get a shooting guard?

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