June 20, 2016, 10:18 am
After a rocky first year in Milwaukee, it appears as though the Bucks are ready to be rid of last season’s big acquisition.
According to Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops, the Bucks are aggressively shopping big man Greg Monroe.
Monroe is coming off a disappointing season that saw him eventually relegated to a bench role under Jason Kidd. After it was announced that the team would use a different look with Giannis Antetokounmpo at point guard, it seemed like the Bucks were entirely ready to retool on the fly. This isn’t the first time Monroe’s name has surfaced as being available either, as it’s clear Monroe and the Bucks aren’t a good fit.
Monroe signed a three year $50 million deal with the Bucks last summer and looked like part of a young core including the Greek Freak, Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker. After the team took a step backwards this season, it’s no surprise that a shakeup is on the way.
Monroe performed especially poorly on the defensive end of the floor, and while that’s always been the weak side of his game, those issues were exacerbated on a team that finished just 17th in terms of points allowed per game.
It will be interesting to see what Monroe could fetch on the trade market. After signing a big deal in the context of last summer, his current contract could look like a bargain in the upcoming cap environment. $17.8 million might look like a good value in a summer that will see lots of money flying around. Monroe is signed for two more seasons, though the final year of his deal is a player option so teams will need to accept that Monroe might be a one year rental type before they take the plunge on a possible trade.
There’s no doubt that Monroe can still be a contributor in the NBA given the right fit. Unfortunately for the Bucks, that won’t come in Wisconsin.