NBA Trade Rumors: Bucks 'Desperately' Shopping Greg Monroe; Celtics Potential Trade Partner
The Milwaukee Bucks are "desperately" shopping out-of-place center Greg Monroe and the Boston Celtics are a potential trade partner in midseason, according to latest rumors.
Monroe, 26, has been in the rumor mill for almost a year now after he was signed by the Bucks to a three-year, $50 million deal in the summer of 2015 via free-agency. The six-year pro is supposed to be the big man that will complete Bucks head coach Jason Kidd's starting lineup and make them a perennial postseason contender in the East.
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However, Monroe was eventually seen as an ill-fit to Milwaukee's young starters after the Bucks did not qualify in the playoffs last season. They finished the year with a 33-49 slate, eight wins lesser than their 2014-2015 campaign. The team lost to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2015 Playoffs when Monroe was still in Detroit.
Monroe was then relegated to the bench for the first time in his career during the start of the ongoing season and he continued to produce decently as part of the Bucks' second unit.
However, Monroe's minutes were significantly cut in the team's last six games as he became the Bucks' third-string center behind John Henson and Miles Plumlee, sparking rumors that the former Georgetown standout could soon be traded by the club. Coach Kidd disclosed that the center rotation could still change moving forward, but at the moment, it looks like Monroe is becoming more and more dispensable in the team's lineup.
Fansided reported that the Bucks are "desperately" trying to trade Monroe at the moment and they are having a hard time finding a trade partner. Monroe's less-than-average defensive ability and his traditional-center style of play have made things difficult for Milwaukee, according to the report.
A trade to the Boston Celtics for Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko, and James Young has been recently speculated by MStars News, but there are still no official reports of the two teams negotiating for the said deal.
Taking in Monroe will slide Al Horford to the power forward position and create a reliable twin-tower combo for Boston, but the Celtics' frontcourt depth will be greatly affected because of the departures of Johnson and Jerebko.