Anything less than a championship will be a failure for next season’s iteration of the Golden State Warriors. Acquiring Kevin Durant was a major tradeoff. The team got a four-time scoring champion, but lost several key players that made up its notorious “Death Lineup.”
The center position suffered the most from the Durant signing. Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights joined other teams in free agency as the Warriors no longer had the salary cap space to sign them.
The Warriors front office went on to sign Zaza Pachulia and David West, as well as retained Anderson Varejao. The three aging veterans are expected to contribute average post numbers for the Warriors next season. If the team is serious about upgrading its front court production, Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe is readily available via trade.
Weldon Jones of Blue Man Hoop noted that the Warriors would need to unload even more pieces, presumably Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, to acquire Monroe and his $17.1 million salary for next season. This might not be a problem for the Warriors since the addition of Monroe would ensure the team of an NBA dynasty.
Monroe is just 26 years old. He is about the same age as the Warriors’ nucleus of Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. On top of that, he is an effective low-post scorer with an above-average face-up game. His woes with the Bucks are mainly due to fit rather than talent issues.
Jones added that Monroe’s presence would get the most out of Zaza Pachulia and David West. Monroe can be quite a handful on the low block. Opposing big men will already be worn down by the time Pachulia and West are fielded on the court. The addition of Monroe will extend their careers. They will play the role of big-time contributors off the bench.
Monroe averaged 15.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29.3 minutes of play for the Bucks last season. He made 52.2 percent of his shots from the field and shot 74 percent from the foul line, as per Basketball Reference.