NBA Rumors: Bucks to pursue Dwight Howard, trade Greg Monroe this offseason?

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The Milwaukee Bucks were one of the most disappointing teams this season as they failed to qualify for the playoffs. The Bucks will be a part of a lot of NBA rumors this offseason including trying to pursue Dwight Howard in free agency and trading, Greg Monroe.

As mentioned in a previous report, the Bucks management is planning on making major changes to the team including a possible front office change and trading two of their starters this summer. It is rumored that general manager John Hammond and head coach Jason Kidd are on the seat.

On the other hand, center Greg Monroe and point guard Michael Carter-Williams may be shopped this summer. According to Basketball Insiders, trading Monroe should be a priority since he proved that he is not a good fit in Milwaukee.

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The Bucks will need to improve their defense that ranked 22nd this season and it starts by acquiring a defensive-minded center. One name pops up that fits that description and his name is Dwight Howard, who will opt out of his contract with the Houston Rockets.

Even though he is not the same dominant player, Howard is an upgrade defensively over Monroe. In a report by Yahoo! Sports, the eight-time All-Star confessed to Bucks commentator Gus Johnson that he wanted to get traded to Milwaukee at the deadline but the team wanted him to sign an extension.

“I wanted to come to Milwaukee during the trade deadline. I would have come, but they wanted me to sign an extension,” Howard told Johnson.

However, the Bucks will need to ask Howard for a discount to sign him to a deal this summer as they only have about $25 million in cap space. Milwaukee still has Miles Plumlee and John Henson but they are not the answer in the middle.

The team could also draft Marquette star Henry Ellenson in this upcoming but he’s an energy player that plays with hustle and physicality. Other free agent centers available this offseason besides Howard are Timofey Mozgov, Roy Hibbert and Joakim Noah.

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