Greg Monroe and the Milwaukee Bucks are a bad fit. And it seems like the center is pushing for an exit from Milwaukee. Are the Golden State Warriors planning to swoop in?
Despite being the highest-paid player on the roster, Monroe became an afterthought in Jason Kidd’s offense for the better part of the year, and was relegated to a bench role after the All-Star break.
The New Orleans native signed a three-year, $51 million contract last season but has a $17.88 million player option for the 2017-18 season.
Unless the Bucks move Monroe ahead of the trade deadline, it’s a given that the 26-year-old would pursue free agency next July.
Greg Monroe: What Warriors can give up…
ESPN Trade machine approves a trade that would send Greg Monroe and Michael Carter-Williams to Oakland in exchange for Andre Igudala and Shaun Livingston.
Now, this is a very risky trade proposal since Igudala and Livingston are extremely integral part of the Warriors.
Igudala, the 2015 Finals MVP, is arguably Golden State’s best perimeter defender and a proven LeBron James stopper.
Livingston has been the perfect back-up for Stephen Curry for the better part of two seasons.
However, both Livingston and Igudala are unrestricted free agents next summer; the Warriors could struggle to pay them since they have to take care of franchise superstars Curry and Kevin Durant.
Even though the Warriors signed Zacha Pachulia and David West to try and fill the void left by Andrew Bogut, there are still question marks about their frontcourt rotation.
Granted that Monroe won’t help the Warriors improve its rim protection. But he’ll help the team improve its rebounding and post scoring – something that was sorely lacking during the playoffs this year.
Greg Monroe: Chip on shoulder…
Monroe is entering his seventh NBA season with a chip on his shoulder. Some have questioned his ability to protect the rim. Others have questioned his weight and lack of athleticism.
Monroe is competing with John Henson and Miles Plumlee for a starting role. Both Henson and Plumlee have proven to be more efficient rim protectors, a fact that doesn’t bode well for Monroe’s future in Milwaukee.
But nobody can deny that Monroe has polished post moves, a rarity in the modern NBA, and is capable of scoring heaps of points in a well-rounded offensive playbook.
Even though there is a lot of uncertainity surrounding Monroe’s future in Milwaukee, the big man’s agent told The Journal Times this week that they are looking forward to training camp.
“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.
“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,” said David Falk.
Are Monroe and the Warriors a good match? Should Golden State consider trading Igudala and Livingston?
Greg Monroe averaged 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds last season.