Lakers Rumors: Greg Monroe For Julius Randle In The Works?
Greg Monroe, the Milwaukee Bucks center, has been on the trading block since the NBA Draft in June and it seems like the Los Angeles Lakers have genuine interest.Advertisement
Monroe has been coming off the bench for the Bucks in the preseason and is expected to take a backseat to Miles Plumlee and John Henson, who are considerably better rim protectors.
Monroe’s problem has been defense. He’s still an above-average player capable of dropping 18 and 10 on any given night. But he has proven to be a bad fit in Jason Kidd’s defense-oriented playbook.
Julius Randle, just like Monroe, is a already a proven double-double machine, but is battling for a starting spot with promising sophomore Larry Nance Jr.
Word around Laker Nation is that Randle could lose his starting spot to Nance before the start of the regular season later this month.
During the Lakers’ first preseason game, Randle was outshined by Nance and Tarik Black, and is under enormous pressure to prove that he’s a worthy starter ahead of the new season.
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Greg Monroe for Julius Randle?
On paper, this is a win-win scenario for both teams.
The Bucks still don’t have a permanent solution at the 4 spot since Jabari Parker has proven to be more effective at small forward while Khris Middleton is injured, forcing an opening at the two-guard spot.
Also, it seems like Jason Kidd is is ready to roll with Giannis Antetokounmpo as a point guard.
A starting five of Plumlee, Randle, Parker, Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams could be interesting.
It seems like Monroe has lost favor with Kidd. According to CBS Sports, Monroe wasn’t aware that he was coming off the bench for the previous preseason game.
Monroe, who signed a three-year, $51 million contract last season, could be forced to pick up his $17.88 million player option for the 2017-18 season since most general managers don’t expect him to get paid handsomely.
The Lakers could definitely use some post scoring and Monroe could be the perfect solution.
For the Randle-Monroe trade to work, the Lakers will have to throw in Lou Williams and/or Nick Young for a successful transaction. Is it worth it?
Julius Randle averaged 11.3 points and 10.2 rebounds but was a substandard defender who struggled to space the floor. He hasn’t proven to be a good fit with the young Lakers.
Greg Monroe, on the other hand, averaged 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds last season.
You could argue that Randle is a better athlete. But Monroe is a proven scorer in the league. However, both have shortcomings on the defensive end.