In the summer of 2015, Greg Monroe was second only to LaMarcus Aldridge as the most sought after big man in free agency. After just one unremarkable stint with the Milwaukee Bucks, the 6-foot-11 power forward now appears to be on the trading block.
Monroe never truly fit in with the Bucks this past season. There were countless instances in which he looked dazed and out of place when he’s on the court. Monroe was also not the defender the Bucks hoped he would be. It wouldn’t be surprising if the team use the 26-year-old’s trade value to pick up a rim protector plus more valuable assets in return.
To be clear, Monroe is no scrub. He averaged 15.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists while playing just 29 minutes per game for the Bucks.
In the right system, Monroe could flourish as a second or third option on offense. Teams looking to inherit his three-year $50 million contract would want him to do just that. Listed below are some possible destinations for the mercurial big man.
Greg Monroe to Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks are in need of a more physically imposing front court, while the Bucks are searching for big men who can score and defend. Monroe could be dealt to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter or Paul Millsap. The Bucks may also want to unload Monroe’s contract somewhere else to have a legitimate shot at landing unrestricted free agent Al Horford.
Greg Monroe to Miami Heat
Chris Bosh may have played his last season in the NBA. There have been persistent rumors swirling around that Bosh may be forced to retire this summer after experiencing debilitating blood clots in each of the past two seasons. The Heat could look to Monroe to fill the void, as Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside might leave in free agency as well, as per Fan Sided.
Greg Monroe to Portland Trail Blazers
Remember when the Golden State Warriors toyed with the notion of trading Klay Thompson for Kevin Love? That’s the same conundrum the Blazers are in right now. Only this time, it’s C.J. McCollum for Greg Monroe. The team has been heavily criticized for its inadequate front court punch, which many believe is the reason why they still couldn’t contend with the top teams in the West.
Greg Monroe to New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have a slew of expiring contracts they want to unload. The team may part ways with Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday in order to pair Anthony Davis with a suitable front court teammate. Monroe is proficient getting rebounds and could stretch the perimeter to give Davis ample wiggle room in the post.
Greg Monroe to Boston Celtics
The Celtics are replete with solid front court players, but not one of them could command the double team. The addition of Monroe will do wonders for the team’s committee of three-point shooters. Hoops Habit noted that a package deal involving either Amir Johnson or Kelly Olynyk will have to be made if the Celtics wish to match Monroe’s lucrative contract.