NBA Rumors: 5 Teams That Could Trade For Greg Monroe
The 2016 NBA Draft is just two days away, prompting many NBA teams to think about their rosters and how they may want to go about improving them.
Count the Milwaukee Bucks among the teams that aren’t quite satisfied. The team is specifically looking into potential deals surrounding big man Greg Monroe, who they signed last summer to a massive contract, only to realize he isn’t a good fit for them on the defensive end.
Sources: Bucks are shopping Greg Monroe hard. He’s owed $17.1 million next season and has a $17.8 million player option for 2017-18 season.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) June 20, 2016
While a defensive problem, Moose is still in his prime, and can be very productive at either the four or the five. He’s still an offensive threat and in the right situation, things could improve.
It’s probably not happening in Milwaukee, though, which could have a trade going down either during the draft or shortly after. Let’s take a look at the five most likely trade destinations for Monroe:
Atlanta has been rumored to be interested in parting with key players Jeff Teague and Al Horford for a while, so it’s possible they could listen to some trade talk.
Horford actually comes off the books this summer, which opens up a hole at center. With the Hawks liking backup point guard Dennis Schroder more and more, they could look for a full-time switch and ship off Teague in a package for Monroe. That could fix Milwaukee’s point guard problem (they’re currently experimenting with Giannis Antetokounmpo at the point) and also give the Hawks the big man they’ll soon desperately need.
Dwight Howard hasn’t decided whether he’ll opt out of his contract this summer, but if he does, the Rockets will suddenly have a huge need down low. The team does have several big bodies to work with, but they’d see a huge decrease in experience and offensive polish.
Monroe would in a lot of ways actually be a more traditional offensive producer, while Mike D’Antoni’s teams have never been known for their defense, anyways. It oddly could be the perfect fit for Monroe, but it may hinge on what Howard decides to do.
Miami is another team potentially losing their big man, with star center Hassan Whiteside preparing to break the bank after two breakout seasons. It still isn’t a guarantee that Whiteside leaves, but reports have been mixed and Miami could be interested in more of a discounted option in someone like Monroe.
Monroe certainly offers more offensive upside and can hit the boards, but would undoubtedly be a mighty drop down from what Whiteside can do on the defensive end. That being said, Miami can’t exactly count on Chris Bosh these days and would need some type of alternative if Whiteside does indeed split.
If Chicago wants to amp up their defensive intensity, adding a defensive liability like Moose probably isn’t the best solution. However, they have to think of something with both Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah likely to jet in free agency this summer.
Moose would at the very least give the Bulls a strong offensive presence and give them a solid option if their main bigs leave town.
Again, Dallas would also prefer to add a strong defensive presence at center, but they could really use the upgrade in pure talent. Zaza Pachulia fell apart as the year went on and they don’t really have much behind him. Moose is a far superior offensive threat and overall, may not be much worse on the defensive end at this point.
Monroe isn’t the answer to the Mavs’ problems, but short of signing Horford, Howard or Whiteside, Dallas needs to figure something out at center and they could absolutely do a lot worse than Monroe.
Moving on from Moose is a big move, but it’s the right move for the Bucks. It allows them to either try to draft a nice young center prospect like Jakob Poeltl or attempt to go after a big fish like Howard, Horford or Whiteside. Depending on the deal they make, they could also correct their issues at point guard and/or bring in a new asset or add another outside shooter. Monroe is still a strong offensive presence that can rebound, but his inability to defend has made him expendable.
Think Moose heads to one of the five aforementioned teams? Think he’s going elsewhere or even sticking in Mil-town? Tell us in the comments below!
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