Free agent big man Greg Monroe was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks last summer. The power forward wasn’t the real need of the hour for the Bucks, as they traded him to New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for center Omer Asik.
On the other hand, Monroe is the kind of player Pelicans’ starting lineup desperately needed. The starting lineup of New Orleans comprised of Evans-Gordon-Gee-Davis-Asik, and it hardly made any sense. They gave up 25-plus points in every game while scoring less and playing at a slower pace of 93.05.
Omer Asik wasn’t required at this lineup. He was more needed at Milwaukee as a defensive paint. So the trade makes sense.
Monroe has proven to be a terrific passer. He has an assist percentage of 14.9. Moreover, Monroe is considered to be a good rebounder, and the Pelicans are currently ranked 28th in offensive rebounds.
The Bucks, on the other hand, needed a blocker. They conceded 131 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last game. They withdrew Monroe after 20 minutes for a defensive player. A guy like Omer Asik could provide them consistency in defense.