The New York Knicks previously chased Greg Monroe when he was a free agent in 2015. A year later, Knicks rumors state that there is a possibility that the Big Apple team will reconsider adding him again despite the presence of new free agency acquisition Joakim Noah.
Matt Moore of CBS Sports claims that while Monroe is “talented” but he is easily “replaceable” in the Milwaukee Bucks roster. He adds that the Bucks want to unload Monroe’s contract, which will pay the big man over $17 million in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
“Everything with the Knicks seems to be very temporary. Derrick Rose’s contract expires after this season. If this combination gets off to a bad start and just doesn’t work, wouldn’t Monroe be a good way to pivot toward an alternative?” Moore wrote in his article.
“A Noah-for-Monroe deal couldn’t be done until later in the season due to Noah signing this summer, but if this situation drags on, Monroe maintains a good fit in the Triangle, even with his passing reticence.”
Monroe has a player option in 2017-2018 and he can hit free agency after next season. The Bucks might want to trade him this summer or during the season to avoid losing him for nothing after the season.
Noah signed a four-year deal worth over $72 million with the Knicks in the 2016 offseason. New York is hoping that he can recover from his injuries or they’ll have an expensive starting center in the next few years.
Both the Bucks and Monroe struggled last season but the big man still averaged 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. Monroe is a better offensive player than Noah and could provide the Knicks better production on offense.
How will Noah fare in New York next season? Should the Knicks consider adding Monroe and replace Noah? Or should N.Y. consider having both for a deeper frontcourt?
There are talks of a contract buyout of Monroe by the Bucks but Milwaukee wants to explore the trade possibilities first. Will the big man find his way to New York before the season starts?
Greg Monroe (Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr)