NBA rumors are swirling around Greg Monroe of the Milwaukee Bucks. After receiving a DNP-CD, trade speculations are heating up that the former 7th overall pick will be dealt before the February deadline. Should the New Orleans Pelicans revisit their interest with Monroe?
Greg Monroe has been frequently mentioned in various trade rumors in the past months. The Bucks’ experiment didn’t work well last season as they missed to enter the playoffs. In their recent loss to the Heat, Bucks head coach Jason Kidd decided not to use Monroe.
As of now, the Bucks have three centers on their team. Of all their big men, Kidd prefers to use John Henson and Miles Plumlee. Steve Aschburner of NBA.com believes the Bucks will trade Monroe before the February deadline.
“I’ll go with Greg Monroe. There’s no way the man they call “Moose” would have signed with Milwaukee had he known how diminished his role would be, coming off the bench for a team and coach who crave things he doesn’t bring (defense, rim protection, stretch capability),” Aschburner said.
The Bucks didn’t give Greg Monroe a lucrative contract just to be their backup center. The Bucks acquired him to help them make a deep playoff run. Early this season, Monroe remained as the Bucks’ starting center. However, in their previous games, Kidd decided to use him as a backup.
Monroe’s skills do not match Kidd’s coaching style. Monroe is only 26 and still have plenty of time to improve. Unfortunately, staying with a team where he receives a limited playing time could affect his development.
According to Fansided’s Behind The Buck Pass, the New Orleans Pelicans are rumored to be interested in Greg Monroe. The Pelicans want to acquire a center to allow Anthony Davis to do less dirty work down low. Earlier this season, Davis expressed his frustration after receiving lesser support from his teammates.
However, the problem will be the trade assets the Pelicans are willing to send to the Bucks. Greg Monroe could be an odd fit in Milwaukee. But, they are surely making a deal that would give them a fair return.
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