The New Orleans Pelicans and the Milwaukee Bucks have entered into a discussion surrounding power forward Greg Monroe, according to ESPN Sr. writer Zach Lowe.
Monroe, who is in the first year of three-year, $50 million deal he signed with the Bucks last offseason, could return to his home state Louisiana, if the talks between the Pelicans and the Bucks progresses.
According to Lowe, the Pelicans are still pretty much on board of pairing Anthony Davis with a bruiser, and they believe Monroe is an ideal man for the role.
“The Pelicans still like the idea of surrounding Anthony Davis with a bruiser; they’ve gone back and forth with the Bucks about Greg Monroe, sources say. New Orleans’ roster is pretty bare going forward, and the team might feel pressure to salvage something from this disastrous, injury-riddled season.”
The ESPN writer thinks the Pelicans will likely have to send stretch-forward Ryan Anderson, who is drawing tons of interest from multiple teams, or center Omer Asik to make the trade work.
Verdict: Buy it. Monroe might turn out to be a better frontline partner for Davis, who is now extending his range all the way to the three-point territory, than both Anderson and Asik.
Although Asik provides better rim protection, Monroe is way better offensive player than him at the post. He is putting up nearly double-double numbers (16.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game) and shooting 52 percent from the field.
The Pelicans may also prefer to absorb Monroe’s $17 million a year contract than locking up Anderson, who could command a deal worth at least $20 million per season.
The Bucks, on the other hand, are apparently moving on from their failed experiment with Monroe. Aside from acquiring Anderson or Asik, the Bucks may look to get additional assets in forms of draft picks as they continue stockpiling young talents.
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