The San Antonio Spurs lost the greatest player in their franchise’s history, Tim Duncan, to retirement. The latest NBA rumors imply the Spurs are not finished filling up the hole left by Duncan as they are interested in acquiring Greg Monroe from the Milwaukee Bucks.
According to Sam Amico of Amico Hopps, the Spurs are looking for a third team to facilitate a three-way deal that will allow them to acquire Monroe. The third team was not named which means the negotiations are still in the early stages.
Monroe has been linked with a lot of NBA rumors since the end of the season because he did not fit well in Milwaukee. Despite averaging 15.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game last season, Monroe and the Bucks missed the playoffs.
If the Spurs add Monroe, he will likely be a backup for LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol. He might be too expensive for San Antonio that is why they are probably looking for a third team. He is set to make $17.1 million next season while having a player option worth $17.8 million for the 2017-18 season, per 247 Sports.
Nevertheless, head coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford know that they need to improve their roster. They are clearly the second-best team in the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors that boast Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the newly-signed Kevin Durant.
On the other hand, the Bucks are in a good position to contend for a playoff spot in the East even without Monroe. Their 2016 first round pick Thon Maker impressed in the Summer League and could contribute right off the bat.
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