It’s no secret that Greg Monroe has been on the trading block for the better part of the year. The Milwaukee Bucks are yet to find a suitable deal for the big man but it seems like Monroe, himself, wants to be traded.
Monroe, who signed a three-year, $51 million contract with the Bucks last offseason, has a $17.88 million player option for the 2017-18 season, meaning he will likely be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Even though Monroe was viewed as a borderline all-star last year, his trade value has plummeted significantly over the last 12 months as he often found himself on the bench for the Bucks.
Greg Monroe unhappy with situation…
Earlier this week, Monroe was outraged when asked by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel if he would even make Jason Kidd’s training camp later this month.
“I didn’t start ’em (trade rumors), so if you want to know the beginning, I don’t know where to tell you to go,” said an irate Monroe, who averaged 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds last season.
“I just worked. That’s what I do. I was working with our coaches the whole summer, different times, back at Georgetown and then back home in New Orleans.
So we’re just trying to continue to get better, to get my body better. I’ve been working out with my teammates for the past week. It’s good to be back here (in Milwaukee),” added Monroe, who started 67 out of 79 games last season.
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Meanwhile, Monroe’s agent has insisted that his client will be a part of the Bucks training camp next week.
“Greg expects to be in training camp with the Bucks. He’s looking to have a great season for the Bucks. If anything changes, we’ll deal with it at that time,” David Falk told The Journal Times.
“He (Monroe) wants to accomplish what they didn’t accomplish this year — making the playoffs. We are trying to make this work. Whether it will happen, I don’t know. But we’re going to try,” added Monroe’s agent.
Greg Monroe will do battle with Miles Plumlee, who signed a four-year extension in July, and John Henson, for the starting center position. While Plumlee and Henson are better rim protectors, Monroe brings more on offense.