The Milwaukee Bucks are presently shopping Greg Monroe. Based on numerous NBA trade rumors overa the past days, several teams are reportedly interested in the 6-foot-11 center, including the Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers and the Charlotte Hornets.
Monroe stuck out like a sore thumb in his first year with the Bucks this past season. Head coach Jason Kidd simply had no room for a back to the basket scorer in his run and gun offense. Monroe is set to make $17.1 million next season with a player option for the 2017-18 season.
Just this month, the Bucks re-signed free agent center Miles Plumlee to a four-year, $52 million deal. The signing was viewed by many as a precursor to Monroe’s eventual exit, recent NBA trade rumors revealed.
Mavericks Eyeing Another Big?
Howard Beck of Bleacher Report noted that the NBA’s new TV deal will dwarf Monroe’s $17.1 million pay check next season. The team who ultimately trades for Monroe will actually get him at a discount. The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly bold enough to take the financial risk.
“Dallas acquired Andrew Bogut, but [he is] often injured, getting up there in years, don’t really have much behind him,” he said. “Dallas is always willing to roll the dice. They need some youth. They need some guys to go there.”
Trail Blazers To Pursue Monroe?
The Portland Trail Blazers are also considered as a possible landing spot for the former first-round pick. Monroe has been linked to the Blazers since last offseason.
Blazers owner Paull Allen pitched to Monroe the idea of pairing him with LaMarcus Aldridge. The Bucks ultimately won him over, but the Blazers still continued their pursuit all the way until the trade deadline.
“They got Meyers Leonard. They got Mason Plumlee. Those are nice pieces, [but] are those really the bigs they’re going to build around into the future?” Beck doubted. “Monroe was the guy they wanted very badly a year ago and he would complement that back court pretty well.”
No Al Jefferson, No Problem For Charlotte?
But among the possible landing spots for Monroe, the Charlotte Hornets are considered favorites at this point, especially after losing veteran Al Jefferson this summer. The North Carolina squad is currently without an elite center following Jefferson’s decision to sign a three-year, $30 million deal with the Indiana Pacers.
Swarm And Sting indicated that Monroe would be an improvement over every center the Hornets presently have in their roster. Additionally, he can slide to the power forward spot to give Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller some time to wallow in the center position.
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