Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the New York Knicks who are reportedly trading Kyle O’Quinn and future draft picks for Greg Monroe of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Greg Monroe has been frequently mentioned in various trade rumors this offseason. The 2015-16 NBA season became rough for the Milwaukee Bucks after missing the playoffs despite adding Monroe on their team. The 26-year-old center seemed to be not a good fit in Milwaukee.
The Bucks signed Greg Monroe to add interior scoring and help on the glass. The 26-year-old might have done his part but he struggled on the defensive end. Monroe’s lack of mobility and shooting range made him a tough fit in the modern NBA.
There are rumors circulating that the Bucks are eyeing to move Greg Monroe out of their roster before the start of the season. Reports revealed that the Bucks will move him even if they will not get a fair return.
“Multiple NBA sources told me the Bucks accelerated their attempts to trade Monroe this summer — even though from a purely statistical standpoint, he had a quality season, averaging 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds.”
“The consensus among many NBA front office officials was that Monroe wouldn’t be with the Bucks when they report to training camp later this month — even if they couldn’t get fair market value for the big man.” Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times.
According to All About Knicks, the Milwaukee Bucks could trade Greg Monroe to New York Knicks for Kyle O’Quinn and future draft picks. The Knicks were one of the suitors of Monroe last summer when he became a free agent.
Adding him to their roster will reduce the worry on Joakim Noah. On paper, there is no doubt that the Knicks can contend for the title. However, three of their key players are injury prone, including center Noah.
If the Knicks will succeed to acquire him, Greg Monroe could definitely be a reliable scorer off the bench. Getting a player with his talent at a cheap price would be the best move for the Knicks.
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