NBA Trade Rumors: San Antonio Spurs Eyeing Greg Monroe As Tim Duncan’s Replacement?
The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly interested in Greg Monroe. The Milwaukee Bucks center would act as Tim Duncan’s replacement on the team. Monroe might not have the same basketball brilliance as the five-time NBA champion, but he is still reliable big who can score in a variety of ways.Advertisement
The departure Duncan and Boris Diaw has depleted San Antonio’s front-court depth. Aside from LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, the only big men on the squad are twelve-year veteran Matt Bonner and journeyman Dewayne Dedmon.
League sources told Amico Hoops that the Spurs are considering trading for Monroe. As of the moment, they do not have enough assets to trade for him while keeping the core of Aldridge, Gasol, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs can only do so if they could coax a third team to join in on the trade.
According to ESPN’s trade machine, a package involving Patty Mills and Danny Green would technically be a fair trade for the Spurs and Bucks. However, it is highly-improbable that the Spurs would give up two very important pieces to acquire Monroe.
If the Spurs do find a third team and eventually trade for Monroe, the 6-foot-11 center would likely come off the bench. He would also experience a drop in production. In 79 games last season, Monroe average 15.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per 29.3 minutes of play, Basketball Reference reported.
Monroe’s offensive versatility is an overcompensation for his lackluster defense. Fortunately for him, defense is something he can greatly improve upon under Greg Popovich’s watch.
With their current roster, the Spurs are already title contenders heading into next season. But if they want to improve their chances of beating super-teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, they should not pass up the opportunity to acquire a player like Monroe.