Lakers Rumors: Will Los Angeles Pursue Greg Monroe?
Greg Monroe is a living proof that in the NBA, chemistry is as important as talent. Despite posting decent numbers this past season, Moore never quite fit in with the Milwaukee Bucks.Advertisement
Moore’s back to the basket nature was a stark contrast with the Bucks’ up-tempo style of play. There were times when it seemed the team was winning with him as a non-factor. Monroe is an old-school big man playing for a young and athletic ball club.
The Bucks are reportedly looking to trade him in exchange for players who would better suit their offense. However, the trade market for Monroe hasn’t been booming as of late.
Monroe To Lakers Rumors Debunked?
Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck mentioned that interest for Monroe quickly deteriorated following his first year in Milwaukee. Not only that, teams who highly-coveted Monroe last summer have now moved on with their front court plans. Previous Lakers rumors indicated that Los Angeles wanted a piece of the power forward.
“The Knicks and Lakers pursued him hard one offseason ago. The Knicks now have Joakim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis. They’re set in the front court,” Beck said. “The Lakers, I don’t know if you can say they are set with [Timofey] Mozgov, but they just spent a whole lot to get Mozgov, drafted a big in [Ivica] Zubac. I just don’t think that those are teams that are interested anymore in trying to use Greg Monroe.”
The Lakers were able to sign Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million deal this offseason, but he isn’t the kind of front court player who would command double teams in the low block. If the Lakers still plan on pursuing Monroe, they would have to shed some front court depth.
According to ESPN Trade Machine, the Lakers would have to part ways with point guard Lou Williams and shooting guard Nick Young, who are mentioned in recent Lakers rumors, to acquire Monroe. The Bucks may consider this trade since they are also looking for shooters who can space the floor and help maximize Giannis Antetokounmpo’s point forward abilities.