NBA Trade Rumors: Spurs Pursuing Greg Monroe?
Greg Monroe is unlikely to be sporting a Milwaukee Bucks uniform next season. Ever since February’s trade deadline, the big man is being actively shopped by the team.Advertisement
According to ESPN’s Mark Stein, Bucks re-signed Miles Plumlee to a five-year, $52 million with the intention to let offload Monroe.
Greg Monroe to be traded for a guard?
If Monroe does get traded, it would most likely be for a veteran guard seeing as Michael Carter-Williams hasn’t lived up to the hype. Carter-Williams, who won the rookie of the year in 2013-14, was expected to be a premier point guard in the league especially under the tutelage of coach Jason Kidd. However, that plan hasn’t worked out quite as expected.
The Bucks front court is pretty loaded. Jabari Parker is expected to start at Power Forward next season. In John Henson, Milwaukee have a solid back-up to Plumlee. And they also drafted Thon Maker, capable of playing at least three difficult positions.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, another versatile player capable of playing multiple positions, is expected to be the starting point guard next season. The Bucks also signed Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Matthew Dellavedova as a back-up PG. They will also feature sophomores Tyler Ennis and Rashad Vaughn a little more this coming season.
Spurs interested in Monroe?
According to Sam Amico of Amico Hoops, San Antonio Spurs are interested in trading for Monroe provided they can involve a third team to clear some cap room. Remember, Spurs signed veteran Pau Gasol earlier this month to replace retiring legend Tim Duncan.
News 4 San Antonio argued that trading for Monroe would be a mistake. “Will Monroe take a back seat to Gasol? Will Gasol come off the bench for Monroe? If San Antonio were to pull the trigger on this, it might create a log jam at the center position. Or yet, play the forward position behind LaMarcus Aldridge?
“It doesn’t make sense for San Antonio to make this deal. As much as Monroe would help add more size to the team, the Spurs need to get more athletic at the five or four spot. Monroe isn’t that,” read a report from Jeff Garcia.
Monroe, who signed a three-year $50 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks last season, was expected to be the longterm solution in the front court. However, coach Kidd has found it increasingly difficult to rely on Monroe for offense or rim protection.
The 6-foot-11 Greg Monroe averaged 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in his first year with Milwaukee. Despite putting up decent numbers, Monroe was a poor fit in Kidd’s system and was relegated to a bench role during the latter half of the season. Monroe appeared in 12 games as a reserve player.