Contrary to beliefs inside the league, the Milwaukee Bucks remains in a positive discussion of trading Greg Monroe this season. Insiders think with Monroe’s contract off the Bucks’ ledger, they could use it to lure potential trade before the deadline.
Gery Woelfel of Woelfel’s Press Box writes that a league executive hinted that the Bucks are looking to trade Monroe. The 26-year old veteran center joined the Bucks in 2015 but longed struggled to play with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker.
The Bucks still owe Monore over $17.88 million to his three-year contract which also includes a player option next year. With all factors building in place, the Bucks look to have John Henson and Miles Plumlee for a long-term.
Jason Kidd uses Monroe for a total of 22.3 minutes a game wherein he averages 9.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. These are not the numbers the Bucks expected from Monroe considering his paycheck further adding fuel to a trade. But despite that, Monroe remains the Bucks’ third leading scorer behind Antetokounmpo and Parker.
Joining the Bucks, Monroe proved them that he could be used both as a starter and coming off the bench. In the team’s season opener against the Charlotte Hornets, Monroe came off the bench with 14 points and 10 rebounds. However, the Bucks’ loss to the Hornets via 107-96.
Monroe’s backup role came after Jason Kidd tried using different combinations giving Antetokounmpo the role in leading the team. Despite getting limited time on the floor, Monroe continues to adjust and redefine his role with the team. But with Monroe’s presence rarely felt by the Bucks it seemed that they are heading for different paths.
Why let go of Monroe?
Obviously, the Bucks want to get off their obligations with Monroe in terms of his contract with the team. Despite trade rumors, Monroe continues to adjust to his role and redefine his game inside the paint.
Monroe told Steve Aschburner on NBA.com he will take advantage of his time on the floor and help his team. He believes that in doing his part of the Bucks, everything will just follow and fall into place.
“But like I say, you just have to adjust. I have to take advantage of my time on the court and try being as productive as I can. Trying to help our team win by doing the things they want me to do while I’m on the court. Most everything else will take care of itself as long as I focus on playing,” Monroe said.
Looking at the Bucks this season, they surely need Monroe on the floor as they get more options offensively. Without Monroe, the Bucks’ offense gets nowhere as rival teams clearly know how to expect their moves.
The Bucks look to cut ties with Monroe due to salary, reason would not shock anyone in the league. Rather, this may backfire as Monroe has proven his worth in the last two seasons with the Bucks. Ti Windisch/FanSided via Behind the Buck Pass writes the Bucks looks to the future than taking advantage of winning now.
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