Greg Monroe, the Milwaukee Bucks center, has been on the trading block for the better part of the year. According to a source, Monroe would prefer getting shipped to his hometown franchise of New Orleans Pelicans.
Greg Monroe to Pelicans a lock?
ESPN insiders Zach Lowe and Marc Stein have revealed that the Bucks and Pelicans have engaged in trade talks surrounding Monroe this summer. “I think (the Bucks) got closer than maybe has been reported with New Orleans during either the draft or free agency,” Lowe said on his podcast last Thursday.
Stein, who was a guest on Lowe’s show, chimed in that Monroe and Pelicans have mutual interest. “Monroe’s a New Orleans native. I think that’s where he wants to end up,” he said.
Do note that Pelicans and Bucks couldn’t reach an agreement prior to February’s trade deadline. At the time, both teams were reeling from crucial players suffering season-ending injuries.
The Pelicans would be the safest option for Monroe since the center/forward is an unrestricted free agent next year. Other teams would be unwilling to give up assets knowing well that Monroe could prove to be a one-year rental. However, New Orleans will view Monroe as a longterm solution.
What can Pelicans offer?
There’s still no word on which players the Pelicans would be willing to give up for Monroe. According to the ESPN Trade Machine, a package involving Omer Asik and Dante Cunningham should be enough to secure the services of Monroe.
While Cunningham would be a welcome addition by Milwaukee, they would perhaps hesitate to accept Asik seeing as the Turkish center has four years left on his deal.
Earlier in July, Stein reported that the Bucks were actively looking to trade Monroe, in the aftermath of signing Miles Plumlee to a multi-year deal. With rookie Thon Maker, Jabari Parker and John Henson also a part of the team, the Bucks don’t have much need for Monroe.
In the wake of Milwaukee's re-signing of Miles Plumlee, league sources say that Bucks center Greg Monroe remains available via trade
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 19, 2016
Sam Amico of Amico Hoops reported that the Spurs, strapped for cap room, would be willing to trade for Monroe provided they can find a third team. San Antonio exhausted their cap room after signing veterans Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili to lucrative deals in the aftermath of Tim Duncan’s retirement.
Greg Monroe is likely to be traded before the start of the new season.